Snoring And Apnoea Blog

Snoring. It's Your Parents' Fault

Posted on Sun, Dec 12, 2010

A recent study of 700 children has found that children of parents who snore are three times more likely to snore themselves.  Furthermore, these children may be at increased risk of developing behavioral problems such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and other snoring-associated health problems.Snoring in children is linked to ADHD and learning difficulties.

The study has been published in Chest, the journal of respiratory and critical care medicine.  Researchers say studies suggest that frequent snoring can lead to behavioral problems, cognitive deficits, and heart disease.  (See other posts on this blog for more details.)

Snoring is also a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea / apnea, and researchers say children who snore frequently should be evaluated by a sleep specialist.

Tags: snoring, children, hereditary, ADHD

Exercise Reduces Snoring In Children

Posted on Thu, Dec 02, 2010

Snoring has long been associated with poor sleep quality – but researchers such as Dr. Catherine Davis of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta are beginning to see that this can lead to learning and behavioral problems that are often mistaken for disorders such as ADHD.

And prescribing prescribing drugs like Ritalin to kids who aren’t sleeping well will only make matters worse, she says.

To investigate whether exercise might reduce sleep-disordered breathing among overweight kids, Davis and her team randomly assigned 100 overweight children to 13 weeks of “high-dose” exercise (40 minutes every school day), “low-dose” exercise (20 minutes), or to a control group that did not perform any additional exercise.

At the beginning of the study, parents of one quarter of the kids reported that their children had symptoms, such as snoring and inattention, serious enough to indicate a problem.

By the close of the program, half of the children who snored and were assigned to one of the exercise groups had stopped snoring. Greater improvements were seen among the high-dose exercisers. However, weight, fatigue and behavior did not change.

According to Davis, it’s possible that the workouts helped reduce the fat surrounding the neck area that can lead to collapse of the airway during sleep.  The exercise may also have had metabolic or neurological effects that made the brain, nerves and muscles better able to maintain an open airway.

Tags: snoring, exercise, children, kids, ADHD