Thursday, June 12, 2008

Higher Blood Pressure in Children with Breathing Problems during Sleep

A study (ID# 0187) being presented as an oral presentation this morning at SLEEP 2008 shows that sleep disordered breathing of any level of severity is associated with increased levels of blood pressure in children.

The Australian study involved 88 children between the ages of seven and 13 years. Twenty of these children were non-snoring controls who were recruited from the community.

Mean arterial pressure (MAP) was lower in the control group both before falling asleep and during sleep. MAP was elevated during sleep in children with either primary snoring, mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or moderate to severe OSA.

More information about obstructive sleep apnea in children is available from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at


  1. Ohhh that was one nice peace of information.
    And also the high blood pressure as mentioned in children between age group 7 to 13 should be treated immediately else it hunts you through the adulthood as well.

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