Poor sleep could affect preschooler's learning ability later in life

September 5, 2012 12:55:03 PM PDT
If your preschooler isn't sleeping well on a regular basis now, it could affect their learning ability later in life.

A new study suggests that sleep problems early in life may boost the risk of developmental disabilities by the age of 8.

Scientists found that children who suffered from problems like sleep apnea and snoring in their infant, toddler and pre-school years were more likely to need special education services for conditions such as speech and behavioral problems a few years later.

Researchers say the study did not find a definitive cause and effect, but they consider the findings worrisome.