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Snoring kids may score low grades at school

Persistent snoring is linked to concentration and learning difficulties.

By: IANS | New York |
May 17, 2016 2:17:22 pm
snoring, side effects of snoring, side effects of snoring in children, side effects of poor sleep, side effects of poor sleep in children, sleep apnoes, side effects of sleep apnoea, side effects of poor sleep on concentration, side effects of poor sleep on school grades Does your child habitually snore while sleeping? That may be the culprit behind his/her declining grades. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Is your child performing poorly at school? If yes, please check if he or she is sleeping well because researchers have found that snoring can adversely affect children’s thinking abilities.

While periodic snoring is usual in children, persistent snoring can lead to a disorder called sleep apnoea that affects the quality of sleep, which in turn, can be linked with concentration and learning difficulties, the findings suggest.

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. The most common reasons for snoring are enlarged tonsils or adenoids — that can often be cured or reduced with surgery — the researchers said.

In the study, a total of 1,359 school children — comprising snorers and non-snorers aged five to seven years — were assigned to one of four groups based on the severity of sleep apnoea. They completed sleep assessment questionnaires, an overnight sleep study and measures of several cognitive functions including language and executive development.

After comparing measures of cognitive functioning across the four groups, the researchers found that even snoring alone has a negative effect on children’s thinking abilities. “Our findings provide further justification for exploration and development of simple cognitive batteries that can be coupled to the current clinical evaluation of children with habitual snoring such as to better guide the management of the decision-making process,” said Leila Gozal from University of Chicago in the US.

The study was presented at the American Thoracic Society’s ATS 2016 international conference in San Francisco.

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