A new study found that removal of tonsils and adenoids in kids with breathing problems could help to get more sleep, but for short period, up to six months.
Researchers analyzed 44 students with sleep disordered breathing problem prior to undergoing tonsillectomy.
Before surgery, at six-months post-surgery, and between 2.4 years and 3.6 years after the surgery parents filled out questionnaires to assess their children’s sleep habits, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, cognitive issues, hyperactivity and oppositional behavior.
Researchers found that as time passed, scores of breathing disorders began to worsen at a rate of 7 percent per year.
Still, after about 2.5 years, the children were doing better overall on nearly all measures, including sleep-disordered breathing, hyperactivity and oppositional behavior.
According to the study it was found that improvements in sleep and behavior may not be maintained consistently on the long term.