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How can sleep-disordered breathing cause behavioral problems in children?

The results of a large-scale study provide strong evidence of a link between sleep-disordered breathing and behavioral problems. But these results don't tell us why sleep-disordered breathing is likely to be affecting children's behavior and emotional development. The scientists who conducted the study believe that several factors may be involved. These factors include:
  • Decreased oxygen (and increased carbon dioxide) to the child's brain during periods of breathing-disordered sleep
  • A lack of restorative sleep
  • Changes to body chemistry and cell development as a result of sleep deprivation and/or the disordered breathing itself

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