Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 1170 - Snoring

Do you have a child who snores?

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My Darby has always been a bit of a snorer - but then again he has always been a bit of a "snuffleupagus" in the day time too.  It turns out he has a few little environmental allergies, many of which can be found in his bed, which means he hasn't always had quality sleep as he snores and fights his way through less-than-pure breathing.

So it comes as no surprise that a recent study shows that children who snore are more likely to misbehave.  Without even reading the article I thought to myself "no shit, Sherlock".  Of course they are. They spend most of their life tired and irritated due to lack of quality sleep.  I know that my Darby lacked resilience when his allergies were flaring (and the snoring increasing) which meant he spent a large part of his day with a less than sunny disposition.  Having said that we have found the cause and he is now on preventative medication, plus we are now "boiling" his sheets and blankets, and freezing his soft toys to kill the gremlins that are standard visitors in most homes*.  There are definitely more smiles and less frowns around our place now.

I have known kids who have a form of sleep apnea (which can also include "night terrors") who also suffer similar day time challenges.  Their night time woes are often caused by having enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids which makes breathing difficult for them with a partially blocked windpipe.  They too become snorers.  And they too spend much of their life feeling bloody tired.

So yeah, when I saw the headline "A recent study found that children who snore are more likely to misbehave" I did wonder how long it took them to work that out.  Hell, I misbehave when my sleeping patterns are less than perfect.

If you have a child that snores you may want to check out the article here. You might find the answer you have been looking for and we'll have a world of much happier campers.  

*Dust mites are not a pleasant thought but apparently we all have them.  They like beds because we tend to sweat in bed which makes for a nice warm and moist environment.  People in constant warmer/humid climates tend to get them more widespread (in the carpet and curtains and couches) but for the rest of us they tend to hang out in our bedrooms.They actually love natural fibers like wool and cotton, a whole lot more than synthetics. Eek! It takes hot water or freezing to kill the little buggers.  Isn't that interesting?    


  1. My dsughter's snoring gradual,y became worse to the point I was terrified that she would choke. It turned out her tonsils were too big and they'd collapse in her airways when she slept. It was chronic sleep apnoea and we cld only prevent it by shoving her tonsils removed. I asked the ent specialist what wld happen if I'd allowed her to gore into them and he said she wouldn't have been able to do maths. What he meant was that the lack of oxygen to her brain would have affected her thinking. She still struggles with maths now, but the snoring stopped the night she had the op. thank god for modern medicine.

  2. I'm glad that you have found the cause to his 'pain'... As an allergy sufferer myself, I can appreciate what he is going through, and I know that when I was bad, my wife was in your position; except with a grumpy, sleep deprived husband!!

    The only snorer, and NO, I don't snore, in my house now, is my 18mth old Great Dane puppy, Bronty!! And I can hear her from my bedroom and she's in the lounge room!!!

  3. Found you through the IBOT linky! I have a recent snorer and I've not pin pointed the reason yet. I do appreciate the tip of boiling sheets and freezing toys - thanks, gonna try that! We need to get the irratability under control here too :)

  4. My eldest always snored, but we had her adenoids out.
    My third is a shocking sleeper, but I've never had him check ed out medically. I wonder if there is something there...

  5. My girls don't snore but the oldest one breathed too loudly. I am a light sleeper and it doesn't take much to keep me away. I couldn't let her into my bed because I would hear her all night. In, out, in, out. Rachel x

  6. Interesting post. My Son snores louder then a grown man some nights.
    Off to checkout this article. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My kids don't snore but on the other hand my husband after a few glasses of wine......

    I am slightly allergic to dust mites too, you can put your pillows in strong sunlight too to help kill them then washing will remove the allergen.

  8. My 6 year old has massive adenoids and we are taking him to the ENT in Januray. He gets very tired during the day, falls asleep at school sometimes.

    Mouth breather, snorer, and sometimes just stops breathing for seconds at a time.

    It's time to get those bad boys out!

  9. I remember reading an article about that about 5 years ago and purposefully mentioning 'in passing' to a friend of mine whose child snored and was a shockingly behaved child. I think I was too subtle though and she didn't get my hint!

  10. Thats very interesting. My kids aren't big snorers, my hubby makes up for that. It is useful information if they do start to snore though.

  11. While none of my sons snore I think this is an important information to share. Thank you so much! :)

    Visiting from IBOT

  12. But it is darn cute snoring! Oh I hope he doesn't have the snoring/sleep apnea issues that Gabe had. z quite

  13. Kids usually snore when they are tired. But if it is getting worse, better consult the doctor.


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