Mindd International Forum 2018

11 – 13 May 2018

The Mindd International Forum 2018 is a 3 day conference and expo designed to educate patients and train practitioners in solutions for the prevention and treatment of chronic illness & developmental delay. Whether you are a parent managing your child’s chronic condition or an adult seeking prevention and vitality, the Mindd Forum offers solutions for you.

Rosalba's presentation on Breathing and sleep and the importance for children’s health and brain function

“Connecting airways, breathing and sleep. Understanding their importance for children’s health, brain function and neurodevelopment.”

Disorders of sleep and breathing are becoming increasingly common in modern children.  Research shows that sleep and breathing disorders often co-exist and have a range of negative impacts on children’s health, behavior, and brain function and neurocognitive development. Sleep/breathing disorders in children have been linked with maladaptive behaviors, poor school performance, moodiness, irritability, depression, hyperactivity and lower IQ. Understanding how to effectively solve the problems of poor sleep, insufficient airway size and poor breathing in children can be a key missing link to healthier, happier, calmer and more focused children.

It’s been reported that approximately 25% to 40% of children and adolescents have some type of sleep disorder. A large proportion of these may be due to or compounded by airway insufficiency and disordered breathing.  Sleep disordered breathing, manifesting in young children as snoring, upper airway resistance and sleep apnoea has been shown to be associated with an increased incidence of ADHD, learning and behavioural difficulties and lower IQ.

Daytime breathing disorders such as mouth breathing and asthma also affect the brain and nervous system. Mouth breathing negatively impacts on learning, memory and limbic system function. Asthma and airway obstruction is linked with a 4x greater incidence of anxiety, panic disorder and depression. Insufficient good quality sleep and disordered breathing can both independently disrupt brain and autonomic nervous system function.

Solving a child’s sleep and night time as well as daytime breathing issues can be the key to improving the function of the brain and nervous system and children’s ability to be calm, develop positive social relationships, focus and learn.   This lecture will discuss how breathing and sleep disorders are caused, their consequences and treatment using  multi-disciplinary approaches  and holistic  systems thinking.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the prevalence of sleep and breathing disorders in children
  • Understand how sleep affects children’s neurocognitive function, mood, learning capacity and behaviour.
  • Understand how airway obstruction and breathing dysfunction affect sleep behaviours and sleep quality.
  • Learn to recognise signs of sleep disordered breathing in children
  • Become aware of multi-disciplinary and integrative medicine solutions for breathing related sleep disorders in children.


University of New South Wales
John Niland Scientia Building
Gate 11 Botany Street

Kensington, NSW 2052

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