In a recent study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, children who snore at least once or twice per week are more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as attention and language problems.
Finnish researchers evaluated preschoolers who were three to six years old, 43 of whom snored and 46 of whom did not. They discovered that 22 percent of snoring children had mood problems severe enough to warrant clinical evaluation, including anxiety and depression, compared to 11 percent of children who did not snore.
Brain function tests showed significant differences between the two groups, including decreased attention and language skills among the children who snored. In addition, the snorers were more likely to have other sleep problems, including nightmares, somniloquy, and difficulties going to bed.
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