Even if today’s medicine has solved countless problems that made bringing up a child so difficult and risky, there still are aspects that scientists are only discovering. Among these, a recent study that shows there is a link between kids’ snoring and developing behavioral problems.
Researchers with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found an interesting link between kids suffering from sleep disordered breathing and the development of behavioral problems. The study looked at more than 11,000 children during six years and found that young children experiencing breathing difficulties during their sleep are at risk of growing up to be hyperactive and aggressive.
Karen Bonuck, phD and professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said that their findings showed that the children that had sleep disordered breathing were at 40 percent to 100 percent risk to start developing behavioral problems as soon as they entered their seventh year of life.
Karen Bonuck said: “This is the strongest evidence to date that snoring, mouth breathing, and apnea can have serious behavioral and social-emotional consequences for children”. The doctor added that “parents and pediatricians alike should be paying closer attention to sleep disordered breathing in young children, perhaps as early as the first year of life”.
The biggest likelihood was for the children with sleep disordered breathing to develop hyperactivity, but the study found “significant increases across all five behavioral measures”. Basically the disorder is affecting the normal developing of the children brains resulting in several neurobehavioral problems. Anxiety and depression were also linked with the sleep disordered breathing.
However, as Bonuck explains, “there’s no reason for parents to be alarmed”. She added that based on the current evidence, sleep disorders “do play a causal role and therefore reducing these symptoms particularly early in life is likely to have some benefit in reducing future problems”.
The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research explains sleep-disordered breathing as a group of related health conditions “characterized by abnormalities of respiratory pattern (pauses in breathing) or the quantity of ventilation during sleep”. The most common form is the obstructive sleep apnea, “characterized by the repetitive collapse or partial collapse of pharyngeal airway during sleep and the need to arouse to resume ventilation”.