Dear Dr. Rosenberg,
I have an 11-year-old with Down syndrome. She snores and has trouble staying awake. I have told her doctors but they don’t seem to think there is a connection. I heard that sleep apnea is more common in Down syndrome. Is that true?
Yes, it is true. In fact, we estimate that up to 50 or 60% of children and adults with Down syndrome have sleep apnea. I have had numerous patients with Down syndrome who have responded very nicely to therapy. It can make a big difference concerning quality of life and cognitive decline. I would bring this to the attention of your child’s health care provider.
Dr. Robert Rosenberg, D.O., FCCP, DABSM
Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP, is the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley, Arizona and sleep medicine consultant for Mountain Heart Health Services in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Rosenberg is board certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, and internal medicine. He is a contributing sleep expert blogger and his advice has appeared in Women’s Health, Prevention, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parenting, and O Magazine, among others. Dr Rosenberg is a weekly newspaper columnist addressing sleep Q&As. Dr. Rosenberg appears on TV and radio and lectures throughout the country on Sleep Medicine. His book Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day is a best seller. Dr Rosenberg’s latest book is The Doctor’s Guide to Sleep Solutions for Stress & Anxiety. Visit Dr Rosenberg’s website WWW.AnswersForSleep.com which is a wealth of information on sleep topics.