Question: My daughter is 4 and she has been the worst sleeper since the day she was born. She talks in her sleep, she moves around forcefully, wakes up crying about every 4 hours and now I’m starting to worry it’s her breathing.
Last night I kept listening and she was snoring. She would stop and then get loud kinda gasp and then start again. I don’t know if it’s a cold related thing, maybe she’s coming down with something, but there is literally no sleep happening for me because I worry about it.She’s the most obnoxious sleeper. We co-slept with her until 3 and now she is in her own bed on our floor because she is terrified to sleep alone in her bed because we are going thru a “I’m scared of everything” stage. Would love to get some insight if anyone has a child like this? Or should I request a sleep study?

Answer: Hi Ally, Thank you for writing in and sharing your story. Based on your description of your daughter’s snoring, with pauses and gasps, I would say that checking her out for sleep apnea should be a very high priority. Snoring is an increased struggle to breathe and when it is followed by a pause and a gasp, it means that an apnea (or cessation of breathing) has occurred.The end of the apnea (the gasp) typically also involves a micro-awakening, where the body wakes up very briefly just to breathe. These micro-awakenings can trigger instances of sleep talking, movement, sleepwalking, etc., so it is possible that the other sleep drama your daughter is experiencing is also tied to the apneas.I wish you all the best. And feel free to follow-up in the comments section below.

Thanks for your question and good luck,
Kevin