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Untreated Childhood Sleep Apnea Can Harm the Brain

As with adults, children who suffer with sleep apnea have periods during sleep when air does not flow easily into their lungs. This results in poor quality sleep and over time, if not treated, it can result in serious health problems. Sleep-disordered breathing is more common among African-American children and children who had preterm births. A study published in Scientific Reports suggests that undiagnosed, untreated pediatric sleep apnea can reduce grey brain matter.

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