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What problems can sleep-disordered breathing cause in children?

Research is giving us a clearer picture of the negative effects of sleep-disordered breathing and poor sleep on child development and behavior. Research has shown:
  • Children who exhibit aggressive behavior at school are twice as likely to have a sleep-disordered breathing condition as children who don't show aggressive behavior.
  • Children with sleep-disordered breathing are more likely to have cognitive deficits compared to children without breathing disorders. These deficits existed regardless of the degree of severity of the breathing problem.
  • By the time kids reach adolescence, sleep problems are associated with a long and troubling list of risky and unhealthful behaviors, including fighting, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, drinking alcohol, and coping with feelings of sadness, hopelessness and suicide.

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