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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 - 79 Sleep disorder may be root of behavioral problems Sleep disorders often unrecognized ' Children who suffer from poor school performance, memory lapses and behavioral problems may have a relatively common and treatable sleep disorder, ac- cording to specialists at Texas Children's Hospital. "Children who have problems in school may have sleep apnea, an airway obstruction that causes them to wake up often during the night," said Dr. Daniel G. Glaze, medical director of the Texas Children's Sleep Center and asso- ciate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. "Sleep disorders may be undi- agnosed or misdiagnosed as other problems, such as attention deficit disorder," Glaze said. "Children may act out in ways that resemble hyperactivity when they just aren't getting enough sleep." Sleep disorders in children are a fairly new area of treatment; therefore, many pediatricians and parents are unaware of the signs and symptoms of sleep problems. "Sleep disorders could be diag- nosed and treated more effective- ly if pediatricians would ask par- ents about the child's sleep habits," Glaze said. "Parents also must be aware of sleep disorders so they know when to consult a sleep specialist." A common sleep disorder in children and teens is sleep apnea, in which the airway is obstructed, resulting in constant interruptions in breathing and sleep. About 10 to 15 percent of chil- dren in the United States suffer from sleep disordered breathing, and 2 to 3 percent of children have sleep apnea, which may be cured once enlarged tonsils are re- moved. Symptoms of sleep apnea in- clude interrupted breathing and snoring. Children with these symptoms may have school prob- lems, poor memory and hyperac- tivity. In fact, many children who seem hyper aren't getting enough sleep and may move around try- ing to stay awake, according to Glaze. Teenagers are at risk for sleep apnea, and they may suffer from a general lack of sleep that can lead to a drop in grades and a higher risk of auto accidents. "Teens are notoriously active, balancing school activities, jobs and social lives," Glaze said. "Teens need nine to 10 hours of sleep, but they think they can get by on as little as six hours. How- ever, lack of sleep has a negative impact on anyone." At the Texas Children's Sleep Center, specialists diagnose sleep disorders by taking a careful sleep history to identify children who need overnight monitoring in the sleep laboratory. Monitoring includes recording of brain activity, breathing effort and airflow, oxygen intake and extremity movement. "The key to managing sleep problems is awareness," Glaze said. "Once a sleep disorder is di- agnosed, it usually can be man- aged with medication, lifestyle changes or surgery in the case of childhood sleep apnea. When sleep is managed proper- ly, both the patient and the family experience a greatly improved quality of life." For details on the sleep center at Texas Children's Hospital, visit Del Tech offers massage therapist training Due to the growing local and national demand for professional massage therapists, Delaware Tech's Owens Campus has developed a comprehensive training program. Free information sessions about the program will be from 6 to 7 p.m., May 6, May 13, May 28 and June 5, in the Arts & Science Center. The three-semester, 554-hour massage therapy program meets local licensing and national certifica- tion standards and includes specialized training in the art and science of massage therapy along with a study of sound business practices. Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification exam in therapeutic massage and bedywork and gain entry- level employment as massage therapists in private practices, physical fitness facilities, hotels and re- sorts, sports medicine clinics and health-care facili- ties. The program is designed to teach Swedish mas- sage, deep-muscle massage and myofascial release techniques through a combination of classroom, lab- oratory and clinical experience. For more informa- tion or to request a detailed brochure, call 854-6966. Massage therapy student clinics offer reduced rates Students in the massage therapy program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, will be scheduling ap- pointments for hour-long massage sessions for only $30 as part of their training program. Students have been trained in Swedish massage, deep muscle massage, and myofascial release tech, niques. Sessions are available Fri- days and Saturdays on the week- ends of May 2 and 3, 9 and 10, and 16 and 17. Sessions will also be June 6- 7. Friday appointments may be made for 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m.; Saturday appointments are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Appointments may be sched- uled by calling Sandy at 856- 5400, Ext. 3190. For more information about the massage therapy program at the Owens Campus, contact Lori Westcott at 855-5988. Milford offers total joint class monthly Bayhealth Medical Center-Mil- ford Memorial Hospital offers monthly programs to help pa- tients scheduled for total knee or hip replacement surgery. During the class, participants learn about a plan of care for before, during and after hospitalization. The class concludes with an optional tour of the inpatient nursing unit and the physical/occupational therapy department. 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