@anon335648: Here's something else to think about. Have you noticed the rise in the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD -- particularly in little boys -- correlates almost directly to the decline in routine tonsillectomies/adenoidectomies?
In either the first or second season of the show "48 Hours," Dan Rather did a piece on a little boy, age 7, who was diagnosed with ADHD. He was in second grade, reading on a kindergarten level.
One night, his mother noticed he was struggling to breathe as he slept, and took him to his doctor, who suggested a sleep study. The sleep study showed the child was waking up something like 30 times an *hour*! He was referred to a pediatric ENT, who said the boy's tonsils and adenoids were huge and needed to come out; they were obstructing his airway when he slept.
Children, incidentally, don't show the same sleep deprivation symptoms that adults do. Ever tried to get a hyper five-year-old down for a nap? You get the idea.
Anyway, the little boy had the surgery and Dan visited the family about six or eight weeks later. Another sleep study had showed he was getting good, deep sleep every night, and he had come off all his ADHD meds. The kicker is that his behavior problems stopped completely and in six weeks, he was reading above grade level. *Above* grade level, where before, he was barely reading at a Kindergarten level. His teacher said his behavior problems disappeared like turning off a faucet -- just that quickly.
I am convinced that many little boys, especially, who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are actually suffering from sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea, and this could be stopped by removing the tonsils and adenoids. It just makes sense.