Sleep Apnea In Kids Linked With Behavior, Learning Problems

How your kid behaves could have something to do with how well he or she sleeps (and breathes!) at night, according to a new study.

Research published in the journal SLEEP shows an association between obstructive sleep apnea -- where a person stops breathing for periods of time during sleep, leading to disrupted sleep -- and behavioral and learning problems in kids.

Scientists from the University of Arizona analyzed sleep disorder status and behavior of 263 kids ages 6 to 11 who were part of the Tucson Children's Assessment of Sleep Apnea Study. Among those kids, 23 had an incident of sleep apnea that occurred during the study, while 21 had persistent sleep apnea. And after following up with the kids five years later, 41 who had presented with sleep apnea during the study no longer had breathing problems while they were sleeping.

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