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BY EMILY SPAIN
Snoring — it wakes us up at night, causes health issues and is usually a problem for adults.
But a new study says kids who snore are also at risk. KUSA has the sleep study details.
“Those who snored and had sleep apnea as young children were more likely to develop hyperactivity, aggression and emotional problems by age seven.”
The study looked at 11,000 children over a six-year-period. Parents filled out sleep surveys during their children’s first seven years and then took notes on behavior when kids were around 4 to 7 years old. The results? Here’s the BBC.
“...children with breathing issues during sleep were between 40% and 100% more likely to develop ‘neurobehavioural problems’ by the age of seven.”
The study’s author says the research shows parents and doctors should start looking for sleep-disorders in children as soon as the child’s first year. CBS has a researcher’s quote:
"This is the strongest evidence to date that snoring, mouth breathing, and apnea [abnormally long pauses in breathing during sleep] can have serious behavioral and social-emotional consequences for children.”
So how does snoring lead to kiddo’s bad behavior? WebMD reports it’s because the kids aren’t getting enough oxygen during a critical time of brain development. One doctor quoted by WMAR says:
“For adults, when you have a bad night’s sleep, you don't function well the next day. This is true for children and adolescents... When they don’t sleep well, they do poorer in school. This may translate into poorer self-esteem or poorer control of their behaviors.”
The full study is published in Journal Pediatrics.
Transcript by Newsy.