A study of 235 children from 3-18 years of age, who under went a sleep study for symptoms of SDB (sleep disordered breathing) at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island suggested that
56% of the children were overweight or at risk of being overweight
36% were short sleepers
49% had an additional sleep disorder
47% had behavioral problems
23% had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The results suggest that a combination of being overweight and having a sleep problem such as SDB or insomnia contributes to behavior problems in childhood.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med : 2008;162(4) :313-321

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