Sleep apnea in children and teens to linked to lower academic grades

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 09:41 in Psychology & Sociology

Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea was linked to lower academic grades and behavioral concerns expressed by parents and teachers. Students with moderate to severe OSA averaged a half-letter grade lower than those without sleep-disordered breathing, and none of the students with moderate to severe OSA had an "A" average. OSA was particularly associated with inattention and poor study skills in real-world situations. Participants were 163 children and adolescents, 10 to 17 years old.

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