Sleep disturbance in pre-school children with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome

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STUDY OBJECTIVES: Sleep-disordered breathing in children is most prevalent in the pre-school years and has been associated with sleep fragmentation and hypoxia. We aimed to compare the sleep and spontaneous arousal characteristics of 3-5-year-old children with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) with that of non-snoring control children, and to further characterise the arousal responses to obstructive respiratory events. METHODS: A total of 73 children (48 male) underwent overnight polysomnography: 51 for assessment of snoring who were subsequently diagnosed with OSA (obstructive apnoea hypopnoea index (OAHI)>1 event per h) and 22 control children recruited from the community (OAHI1 and no history of snoring). RESULTS: The OSA group had poorer sleep efficiency (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)880 - 886
Number of pages7
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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