A new study is backing up previous research that points to a link between snoring and behavioral problems among preschoolers.
The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, said more than one-third of “persistent” snorers were considered to be at least at risk of a behavioral disorder, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That compared with 10 percent to 12 percent of their peers who either did not snore or had shorter-lived problems.
The study adds to others that have linked children’s behavior to so-called sleep-disordered breathing or “apnea”. The findings do not prove that the breathing problems directly lead to behavioral problems – or that treating the underlying cause of snoring can improve kids’ behavior.