Overweight teens may develop sleep problems

December 15, 2009 2:49:10 PM PST
Puberty may trigger sleep apnea in overweight teens, but this does not appear to be true for younger children. Researchers found that among those ages 12 and older the risk of obstructive sleep apnea increased 3 1/2 times with each increase in body mass index.

Scientists think this increase in teens may be linked to developmental changes in the upper airways.

The study appears in Tuesday's issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.