Advice to Sleep On

If your child snores or has another sleep-related breathing problem, he or she may be more likely to have behavioral problems years later. A new, large study of children finds that the likelihood of having behavioral difficulties increased with their sleep-disordered breathing.

The study’s authors concluded “that sleep-disordered breathing early in life has strong effects on behavior later in childhood, possibly because of increased vulnerability during a critical period of brain development when there is the greatest need for sleep,” according a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Parents concerned about their child’s sleep or behavior should contact their family physician.

The study was published in the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics.

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