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Sleep Apnea Hinders Learning

Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:41 PM

Teens with persistent sleep apnea have higher rates of learning disabilities, more social skills problems and difficulty controlling their emotions, new research shows.
The findings, reported by University of Arizona researchers, suggest treating adolescent sleep disorders may be more effective than other interventions aimed at mitigating behavioral and psychological symptoms.
"If left untreated, [apnea] negatively impacts a youth's ability to regulate their behaviors, emotions and social interactions," said Michelle Perfect, lead author of the study presented this week at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston. "These behaviors can interfere with their ability to care for themselves and engage in socially appropriate behaviors – skills that are needed to be successful in school."
The number of children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) declines as they enter adolescence. But researchers said the teen years can be a devastating trial of behavior and learning problems for those with persistent OSA.
For the new study, investigators tracked 263 children. They found those who continued to suffer from OSA into their teens were two to three times as likely as their non-afflicted peers to have problems with attention, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, difficulty controlling their emotions, managing social situations and independently caring for themselves.

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