Snoring Kids May Have Behavioral, Mental Problems

Children who suffer from habitual snorers may show behavioral and mental problems, according to a recent report. This finding holds true even when kids don't have sleep apnea--temporary cessation of breathing during sleep.

Up to now, parents and physicians have assumed there was no need to worry about habitual snoring, unless children suffered from sleep apnea as well. This new study indicates there is hidden morbidity found in snoring children that is not as severe as in those with frank sleep apnea, but it is worth monitoring and treating, nevertheless.

Habitual snoring during sleep affects an estimated 10 percent to 12 percent of young children.

These findings don't surprise me, considering sleep is one of the absolute essentials for optimal health. If sleep is impaired in any way, that deficit will compromise in biological systems.

The first step of course is to recognize that the problem exists. After recognizing the problem, simple measures would seem most prudent. First to try would be lifestyle changes that eliminate most of the junk food kids are eating. Most all children are addicted to grains and sugar. Eliminate or reduce as much as possible the use of fruit juice.

Yahoo News July 12, 2004

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