Sleep disorders often occur in children because of congenital issues or/and tonsils; Children that are sleep-deprived need to be evaluated by a pediatrician and orthodontist. Morning crankiness or behavioral problems at school could signal a warning for OSA; long narrow faces may indicate sleep deprivation, and a bluish hue under the eyes can be a sign of allergies or oxygen deprivation.
Children who have sleep disturbances are often smaller because they lack vital growth hormone production during lesser stages of REM sleep. Aside from behavioral & attention problems, Sleep deprivation can also increase the risk of obesity.
Obstructive sleep apnea has being associated with heart disease and sudden death; This is a serious condition and potentially life threatening disorder.