Are Snoring Children at a Greater Risk for Health Problems?
An article that was just recently published on Heraldsun.com.au has raised some questions about whether or not snoring children are at a greater risk for health problems – and the evidence certainly seems to say yes.
As it turns out, new studies are beginning to show us that snoring problems in children can cause far worse issues than a restless night. Problems like reduced intellectual abilities, poor behavior, poor performance in school, and even high blood pressure can all have roots in snoring.
Of course, the main question is… why? Why would snoring cause problems like this?
Well, the answer lies in the oxygen levels in the brain. When children snore, oxygen fails to get where it needs to go, causing a reduction in oxygen levels – which has an impact on both their cardiovascular and neurocognitive abilities.
But is this just speculation, or have researchers found concrete proof of it?
The Evidence about Snoring Children’s Health
Brain scans, conducted on children from Melbourne, Australia, actually show injuries to certain parts of the brain in children who snore. Among these injuries is damage to the parts of the brain that help to control blood pressure, behavior, and mood.
All of this ties in really well with what researchers have feared for a long time – that snoring is, perhaps, having a greater impact on these areas of life and health than was previously thought. And now, these findings have produced some real, actual evidence for it that has got some people worried.
But this isn’t the only study that gives weight to the theory that snoring is putting our children at a higher risk. Another study, conducted on over 260 children at a different university (A Monash University Team), showed that children who snored tended to have higher blood pressure levels, more reports of bad behavior, and a reduction in intellectual performance.
How Big of a Problem Is It?
A lot of us have always believed that snoring was just a problem that some people had – and that it wasn’t a big deal. Beyond being noisy, it can’t really do much harm, right?
Well, this isn’t exactly the case. Snoring affects the levels of oxygen that are allowed to reach the brain at night, and this affects a lot of different areas of the child’s health and development. In fact, children who snore don’t just tend to fall behind their non-snoring peers in the classroom. They also have trouble catching up if they manage to fix their snoring problem later on – meaning that, from a school performance perspective, it is possible that snoring could actually set them back for good in a very real and significant way.
What Do We Think of this Story?
We obviously have a lot of passion in regards to the snoring problem… especially where it pertains to children.
The simple fact of the matter is that sleep is a cornerstone ingredient to a happy, healthy, successful life. Healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise are all vital parts of a child’s growth and development – and if you remove any one of them, the child is going to suffer for it.
This is why we really advocate that child snoring be taken seriously. It’s not just a nuisance or a noisy little quirk – it’s a serious problem that can have life-altering consequences. It can increase the child’s risk for a lot of different problems, and can even lead to an increase in blood pressure, which can affect the heart and the child’s cardiovascular health in the future.
If your child suffers from a snoring problem, then please don’t just ignore it. Try to find a solution that will work. Talk to the child’s doctor, or find a product/practice that might be able to help you in your search for a treatment.
The most important thing to your child, in any case, is a good night’s sleep. That’s the goal… so let’s all do our part to help.