A study (ID# 0253) being presented as a poster presentation this morning at SLEEP 2008 shows that snoring has a significant impact on the cardiovascular functioning of children during sleep.
The study involved 40 children with an average age of 8 years. Children with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had the highest average heart rate of 92 beats per minute (bpm). Children with primary snoring had an average heart rate of 82 bpm, which was higher than children with moderate OSA (76 bpm) and children with mild OSA (74 bpm). The heart rate of matched controls was 71 bpm.
The abstract authors conclude that these results challenge the notion that snoring is harmless.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the incidence of snoring in children is reported to be 10 percent to 12 percent.
The SLEEP 2008 abstract book is available online at http://www.journalsleep.org/PDF/AbstractBook2008.pdf.