Posted on 4/22/2020 by Foundation for Airway Health
At recent Collaboration Cures Nasal Breathing Summit, Peter Catalano, MD ENT discussed the connection between nasal breathing and ADHD in children. A full article appeared in the American Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and begins:
"A better understanding of ADD and ADHD symptoms and a new way to reverse them has given newfound hope to the parents of children who struggle with behavioral issues and learning disabilities in school and at home. The solution, according to recent medical research, is surprisingly simple and yet frustratingly elusive: healthy, unbroken sleep.
"The key word in that phrase is “unbroken.” While parents do commonly strive to ensure that their children sleep for the recommended 8 to 10 hours each night, very few can attest to the real quality of that sleep. Increasing evidence is now coming to light that certain children with attentionrelated or behavioral disorders can be treated without medication. The real culprits behind their behavior? Interrupted sleep due to nasal obstruction.
"The key to great sleep is healthy breathing through the nose. Not all breathing is equal. Many children with narrow or blocked nasal passages are forced to breathe through their mouths all or part of the time. For many, the nasal obstruction only occurs at night. When the children lie down and fall asleep, their nasal tissues swell and their throat muscles relax making an already small airway even tighter. They don’t get the oxygen they need and effectively start to suffocate. The body goes into panic mode and partially reawakens not enough for the child to regain consciousness, but just enough for the throat muscles to reopen the airway."