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Sleep Disorders

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Posted by: Zoe | 2016/06/21

Q.

Sleep apnea linked to ADHD/aspergers and voice problems

Hi doc, If someone had sleep apnea for 22 years is it likely they show signs of aspergers and ADHD? I have looked online and found some information saying that it effects the brain but nothing actually talking about sleep apnea as a possible cause of aspergers only ADHD. I have aspergers, the core of aspergers is slow processing and sensory sensitivity. From what I've read it seems that in the long term these could be symptoms of sleep apnea. I also never feel energetic in my life apart from when my hormones are kicking off and I feel hyper. I've had bran fog since I can remember, and could never concentrate at school. I'm am shy and usually feel to lazy to talk. I have poor memory. Anyway, I don't expect you to know the answer just wondering if youve ever come across someone has had long term sleep apnea and suffers from aspergers or adhd? If so how did it effect there life? Btw yesterday I was told I had sleep apnea and it seems like I've had it all my life because when I was little I used to scream in the middle of the night and I've always felt like i lacked physical and mental energy in the but I never got it checked out at the time. Also, I wanted to know if long term sleep apnea could cause voice problems. I have an extremely high pitched voice, recently went to voice therapy where I had a camera down my throat, (this was before I new I had sleep apnea, so couldn't ask) and they told me my throat muscles were very very tight. Just wondering if this could be because of the sleep apnea, also I grind my teeth. Many thanks, Zoe

Expert's Reply

A.

Sleep disorders expert
- 2018/07/11

Dear Zoe - apologies for the delay but I have not been receiving emails. I am not aware of any connection between sleep apnea and Asbergers. Definitley with ADHD but not with voice changes. I'm not sure what they mean by your throat being tight - maybe they mean narrow - that would increase the risk of sleep apnea.

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