Snoring is a symptom of sleeping disorder, called Apnea, which could lead to learning and behavioral difficulties. New research on sleeping disorders in children has indicated that in certain cases it could lead to irreversible brain damage.
The latest study has pinpointed that children with severe Apnea also termed as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, displayed distinctly lower IQ scores, memory retention abilities and language skills in comparison with kids who did not have a sleeping disorder.
Images of the brain in children with sleep apnea, and analysis of these reports showed distinct changes in the brain, akin to imaging studies of adult apnea patients. This is especially crucial because childhood obstructive sleep apnea could impair the child's potential for life. Parents would do well to keep tabs on the child's sleeping pattern and habits.
Dr. Eric Saslow a Pediatric Neurologist commented, 'It may well be that some people who are thought to have ADD or learning disabilities have more importantly a sleep disorder.'