Sleep disorders amongst children is a massive emerging issue in the UAE; say experts at The London Sleep Centre in Dubai.



In an attempt to bring about awareness on Sleep Apnoea, Craniofacial pain (TMD), Primary Headache (Migraine) and sleep disorders amongst children; The London Sleep Centre in Dubai voices its concern over the rise in number of children affected by sleep disorders, the need to identify and early treatment for it. The incidence of sleep breathing disorders and chronic facial pain is increasing throughout the world. A study published in Middle East Current Psychiatry (July 2014-Vol 21- Issue 3-p185-192) established that 33.6% of the 146 children 4-12 years old were found to have a sleep related disorders.

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Lack or delay in treatment can hamper child’s growth and affect behaviour, school readiness, attention, concentration as well as academic performance.
In an attempt to bring about awareness on Sleep Apnoea, Craniofacial pain (TMD), Primary Headache (Migraine) and sleep disorders amongst children; The London Sleep Centre in Dubai voices its concern over the rise in number of children affected by sleep disorders, the need to identify and early treatment for it.
The incidence of sleep breathing disorders and chronic facial pain is increasing throughout the world. A study published in Middle East Current Psychiatry (July 2014-Vol 21- Issue 3-p185-192) established that 33.6% of the 146 children 4-12 years old were found to have a sleep related disorders.
Highlighting various kinds of sleep disorders that can affect children, specialists at the London Sleep Centre mentioned that;
• Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition that causes the throat or upper airway to collapse, preventing oxygen from going through the lungs and causing shallow breathing or breathing pauses. It can happen at any age, but is most common in children ages 3 to 7 and during middle school.
• Craniofacial Pain, another sleep disorder that’s most commonly thought of as a disorder affecting only adults, can be present in children at an early age. It may be milder or simply seem milder because unlike adult onset conditions, young children know no difference and assume pain and difficulties with functioning are normal.
According to a new study reports released in the February 2016* journal of the American Dental Association; kids have problems at almost twice the rate of adults. Also, sleep disorders amongst children can come with varying degrees of severity. However, it is essential to know that the majority of them can be treated. Headache is also common among children. Up to 82% of adolescents report having a headache before the age of 15 and Migraines experienced in the pediatric population are just as disabling as those experienced by adults.
Obstructive sleep apnoea in children is being increasingly recognized as a cause of attention and behaviour problems as well as learning and developmental problems. Experts at The London Sleep Centre believe that reduced oxygen flow to the brain disrupts restorative sleep and a sound sleep is a critical period in every child’s brain development. This disruption, in turn, creates problems in areas of the brain that control toddlers and children’s ability to be attentive, control behaviour, regulate emotions and therefore often experience increased hyperactivity.
A review of the literature conducted by the American Headache Society conducted worldwide including UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan found that there is a global high prevalence of headache and migraine in children and adolescents.** Sharing some alarming facts, The London Sleep Centre also stated that, Migraine is the most common headache with TMJ disorders and children diagnosed with Migraine are 8.25 times more likely to have a sleep breathing disorder. While, children diagnosed with chronic tension-type headaches are 15.23 times more likely to have a sleep breathing disorder and patients of all ages who have OSA are 6.52 times more likely to have a TMJ disorder.
Given the worrying after-effects due to lack or inconsistent sleep; The London Sleep Centre in Dubai advises that parents are required to pay close attention to how their children sleep. In case of any issues of sleep-disordered breathing, jaw pain, headaches or even difficulty in normal mouth functions of opening, chewing, swallowing, speaking and communications; parents should consult a paediatrician for guidance and possible referral to a sleep specialist.
Dr. Steven Olmos, (Specialist in Dental Sleep Medicine and Director of the Pediatric OSA Department at the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry) has developed special developmental therapies for curing this condition in children. Unfortunately, specialists can only manage these conditions for most patients in adulthood.
Therefore, to detect early signs and conduct timely treatments, parents can also avail of the scientific diagnostic assessment that can provide accurate diagnosis at The London Sleep Centre in Dubai.
For further information visit www.londonsleepcentre.ae
*Source - http://www.tmjsleepsolutions.com/children-more-susceptible-to-tmj-problems-than-adults/
**Prevalence of headache and migraine in children and adolescents: a systematic review of population-based studies, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2010, 52: 1088-1097.
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About The London Sleep Centre Dubai
Affiliated to UK based The London Sleep Centre on Harley Street; this Dubai division is the only fully integrated Sleep Diagnostic and Treatment facility in the GCC.

Located in Dubai Healthcare city, it provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to tackle sleep disorders caused by sleep-related breathing and conditions like Neuro-Psychiatric, medical and dental. It is world’s first clinic to have an integrated Dental Sleep Medicine TMJ service as part of its treatment offerings.

Staffed by an International team of Sleep experts, the same as The London Sleep Centre on Harley Street; this state-of-art Sleep Clinic ensures expert care of clients with thorough assessment of disorders, accurate real time analysis and precise diagnosis whilst offering each of its clients a unique treatment plan.

The London Sleep Centre Dubai is headed by famed Specialist Consultant Neuropsychiatrist in Sleep Disorders; Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim who’s clinical interests covers the entire spectrum of sleep disorders including Insomnia, Behavioural Sleep Medicine, Parasomnias Narcolepsy and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. With a commitment towards research and treatment for sleep disorders that spans over two decades, he has recently launched the Dubai division in the wake of rise in number of lifestyle related sleep disorders in the region.

Equipped with the most specialised Dental Sleep Medicine Team, the clinic has on board Dr. Steven Olmos, an internationally recognized lecturer and researcher, and the founder of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International. Having dedicated the past 26 years to the fields of Craniofacial Pain, TMD and Sleep Disordered Breathing, his ongoing efforts are focussed on establishing protocols between Dentistry and Sleep Medicine for optimal treatment outcomes in patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing including Sleep Apnoea.

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