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Snoring Can Lead to Learning Difficulties in Children

written by / April 29, 2021
Snoring Can Lead to Learning Difficulties in Children

Multiple studies reveal that children that have any kind of breathing disorders during sleep are at risk of developing behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

In short, the irregular, sleep-disordered breathing fails to supply the child’s brain with the oxygen it needs to function properly. 

Plus, MRI screens reveal that Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) reduces the volume of grey mass in the frontal lobe of the child’s brain. 

These neurological changes manifest as:

  • attention impairment
  • space and time coordination
  • impulse control 
  • processing of information

In one study, the 7- to 12-year-olds that suffered from snoring and other breathing disturbances showed significantly lower cognitive abilities.

The most disturbing fact is — the results were identical, regardless of the severity of snoring, yet the frequency did play a part in the presented difficulties. Therefore, children who snored more than twice per week showed more cognitive impairment.

This can lead to:

  • behavioral problems
  • Attention Deficiency Disorder (ADHD)
  • executive function difficulties (organization, time-management, problem-solving)
  • other learning disabilities (word fluency and verbal working memory)
  • lower IQ score 

Snoring and disturbed breathing in children is usually the consequence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which, in turn, can have multiple causes. These include hay fever, enlarged tonsils, obesity, and others.

Unfortunately, today there’s one more thing on the list of OSA causes — surviving a COVID-19 infection. 

Since there are rarely any anti-snoring devices that are child-adapted, practicing anti-snoring techniques can be the perfect way to prevent your child from snoring.

However, finding and addressing the underlying cause of a child’s SDB is the best approach to boosting its learning abilities, academic scores, and intelligence.

Marija Kovachevska is a content writer at LoudCloudHealth.com, Biochemist and Activist. After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology she changed her microscope for content research tools and continued researching in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Communication. Her insatiable curiosity flare drove her to become a “content scientist writer” as she likes to say. Reality fascinates her and facts and statistics are a must-have feature in her articles. Fluent in English and French, she is a volunteer and communication associate for several non-profit organizations. French culture and handcrafting are her passion, but in her free time, she indulges in long walks and traveling, or as she likes to say “experiencing the inexperienced.”