Sleep-disordered breathing in preschool children is associated with behavioral, but not cognitive, impairments

Angela Ranee Jackman, Sarah Nichole Biggs, Lisa Mary Walter, Upeka Shamithri Embuldeniya, Margot J Davey, Gillian Michelle Nixon, Vicki Anne Anderson, John A Trinder, Rosemary Sylvia Claire Horne

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Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) has been associated with impaired cognitive and behavioral function in school children; however, there have been limited studies in preschool children when the incidence of the disorder peaks. Thus, the aim of this study was to compare cognitive and behavioral functions of preschool children with SDB to those of non-snoring control children. METHODS: A clinical sample of 3-5year-old children (primary snoring [PS], n=60; mild obstructive sleep apnea syndrome [OSAS], n=32; moderate/severe [MS] OSAS, n=24) and a community sample of non-snoring control children (n=37) were studied with overnight polysomnography. Cognitive performance and behavioral information were collected. RESULTS: Children with PS and mild OSAS had poorer behavior than controls on numerous measures (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621 - 631
Number of pages11
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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