Journal article

Cognitive and academic functions are impaired in children with all severities of sleep-disordered breathing

Robert Bourke, Vicki Anderson, Joel SC Yang, Angela R Jackman, Asawari Killedar, Gillian M Nixon, Margot J Davey, Adrian M Walker, John Trinder, Rosemary SC Horne

Sleep Medicine | ELSEVIER | Published : 2011


STUDY OBJECTIVE: The impact of the broad spectrum of SDB severity on cognition in childhood has not been well studied. This study investigated cognitive function in children with varying severities of SDB and control children with no history of SDB. METHODS: One hundred thirty-seven children (75 M) aged 7-12 were studied. Overnight polysomnography (PSG) classified children into four groups: primary snoring (PS) (n = 59), mild obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) (n = 24), moderate/severe OSAS (n = 19), and controls (n = 35). Cognition was measured with a short battery of psychological tests including the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI), the Wide Range Achievement Test-3r..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank all the children and their parents who participated in this study, and Ms. Nicole Verginis and the staff of the Melbourne Children's Sleep Centre for their invaluable technical assistance. Funding was provided from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Project Grant No. 384142.