ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
Nasal breathing is obviously the preferred method of breathing. It’s what helps your body filter the air and decreases the amount of irritants that enter the body. Those irritants are what can lead to asthma and allergy symptoms. When mouth breathing occurs instead, adenoids and tonsils increase in size and lead to improper tongue posture. This causes an imbalanced muscular system within the oral cavity and can lead to deformation of the jaw.
Sleep is crucial for growth. In fact, 75% of natural Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is released during the rest and repair portion of deep sleep. When breathing issues prevent a child from getting enough deep sleep, it can lead to less HGH being released and cause growing to slow.
Breathing issues can cause similar symptoms to ADD/ADHD. A medical study revealed that when children with breathing issues and children who have either ADD/ADHD are in a room together, it’s impossible to distinguish between the two issues. A child with a prolonged issue of poor sleep can experience trouble behaving, trouble learning in school, and a diminished IQ.
When a child is experiencing sleep disordered breathing, it can lead to decreased oxygen in the blood. When this happens, the brain has a fight or flight response, diverting necessary oxygen to essential body systems. Often, that means oxygen is diverted away from the urinary tract and can lead to bed wetting.