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Children with apnea are often misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Because they sleep poorly, they cannot focus in the classroom. In a 2003 study by sleep researcher Louise O’Brien, 44 children with symptoms of ADHD spent a night in a sleep lab. Obstructive sleep apnea was found in five percent of those with significant ADHD symptoms, and twenty-six percent of those with mild symptoms, but only five percent of had no symptoms. A high prevalence of snoring was identified among a group of children designated as showing mild symptoms of ADHD. Rapid eye movement disturbances are more likely to occur in children with significant symptoms, and they seem to impose significant effects on daytime behavior.

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