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Sleep apnea occurs when a child stops breathing during sleep, usually due to a blockage in the airway. It’s most common in children between 2 and 8 years of age, frequently due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Daytime symptoms may include hyperactivity, learning difficulties or irritability. Besides snoring, some signs of sleep apnea in kids include restless sleeping or sleeping in unusual positions, but it’s not always an easy diagnosis.