Public Release: 17-Mar-2017
Untreated sleep apnea in children can harm brain cells tied to cognition and mood
MRI scans link chronically disrupted sleep to widespread brain cell damage
University of Chicago Medical Center
A study comparing children between 7 and 11 years of age who have moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea to children the same age who slept normally, found significant reductions of gray matter - brain cells involved in movement, memory, emotions, speech, perception, decision making and self-control - in several regions of the brains of children with sleep apnea.