Children with chronic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, can suffer from defects in brain development that are associated with cognitive abilities, emotional state and behavior. This was stated by the American scientists from the University of Chicago, according to the Herald health.

“The results of a study of 16 children of primary school age revealed that children who had obstructive sleep apnea moderate or severe, showed a significant reduction in grey matter of brain cells associated with memory, emotions, language, perception, decision-making and self-control”, – noted experts.

The experts observed a close relationship between sleep disturbance and loss of neurons or slow growth of the nerve cells in the brain, which is only developing.

“These data were obtained during neurocognitive testing and non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging. Specialists have detected a reduction in the volume of gray matter in these brain regions like frontal cortex, prefrontal cortex, parietal cortex, temporal cortex and brain stem pulp”, – stated in the message.

Sleep apnea is a kind of sleep apnea, which is characterized by cessation of pulmonary ventilation during sleep for more than 10 seconds

On 17 March it was reported that according to a new study, researchers from the University of Warwick, quality sleep is very beneficial for mental health.

Disturbed sleep impairs brain cells in children – scientists 22.03.2017

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