Friday, April 17, 2009

Snoring and mental health in children

Snoring has been linked to a bad night's sleep and health problems in adults and it could also be linked to poorer mental health in children. Researchers from Helsinki University Central Hospital compared 43 pre-school children who snored to 46 who did not. They found a higher rate of mood problems, especially anxiety and depression, among the children who snored. The snoring children also had decreased attention and language skills and were more likely to have other sleep problems such as nightmares, talking in their sleep or difficulties going to bed. However, the children who snored were no more likely to have behaviour problems than the non-snorers.

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