Sleep Apnea Linked to Behavioral, Learning Problems in Kids

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased rates of ADHD-like behavioral problems in children, as well as learning problems, according to a new study.

Obstructive sleep apnea, a common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), occurs in about 2 percent of children who are otherwise healthy, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The new study shows that “there are considerable behavioral risks associated with continued SDB,” said Michelle Perfect, Ph.D., lead author and assistant professor at the University of Arizona. “[We] should also consider the possibility that SDB contributes to difficulties with hyperactivity, learning and behavioral and emotional dysregulation in the classroom.”

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Janice Wood
Psych Central