Sleep Med Psychophysiol.  2003 Dec;10(2):88-92.

Sleep-disordered breathing in children

Affiliations
  • 1Pulmonary and Sleep Disorder Center, Korea University Ansan Hopital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), including snoring, sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome are common problems in children. The pathophysiological mechanism of SDB in children is unclear but may include hypoxaemia and changes in sleep architecture. Children with SDB show reduced neurocognitive function, memory and attentional capacity. Furthermore, these children show increased problematic behaviour and reduced school performance. Whether early recognition and treatment of SDB in children may improve neurocognitive function and school performance remains to be fully evaluated in the future.

Keyword

Sleep-disordered breathing; Children; School performance

MeSH Terms

Airway Resistance
Child*
Humans
Memory
Sleep Apnea Syndromes*
Snoring
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