Sleep-disordered breathing in children associated with ADHD symptoms.

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that a “study suggesting a link between inadequate sleep and” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “symptoms appeared … in the journal Pediatrics.”

After following some 11,000 UK youngsters for six years beginning when they were just six months old, researchers found that “children whose sleep was affected by breathing problems like snoring, mouth breathing or apnea were 40 percent to 100 percent more likely than normal breathers to develop behavioral problems resembling AD/HD.”

Notably, “children at highest risk of developing ADHD-like behaviors had sleep-disordered breathing that persisted throughout the study, but was most severe at age 2 1/2.”

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