Children who suffer
with sleeping disorders are more likely to be
affected by behavioural problems, according to a new study.
The report from a group of researchers at the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine at Yeshiva University observed more than 11,000 patients over six
years and observed that those with sleeping problems can easily become
hyperactive and depressed.
"We found that children with sleep-disordered breathing were from 40 to
100 per cent more likely to develop neurobehavioral problems by age seven,
compared with children without breathing problems," said Dr Karen Bonuck,
the study's lead author.
She explained that hyperactivity was the most common result, but he and his
team observed significant increases in the chances of emotional symptoms, peer
problems, aggressiveness and prosocial behaviour.
Dr Bonuck stated that sleep apnoea is relatively common in children, but if
parents suspect that their child has some of the symptoms then they should
consult their GP to schedule an evaluation.
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Sleep disorder treatment news : 7 March 2012