ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A new study warns that kids who snore or suffer other breathing problems are less likely to do well at school, according to Reuters.

Researchers compared the symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, like habitual snoring and sleep apnea, to school grades.

They found the grades of students who had trouble breathing at night were about 12 percent lower than for students who got restful sleep.

“Although many studies find that the average achievement of children with sleep-disordered breathing remains in the range of typical children, children with sleep-disordered breathing may be more at risk for performing below this level,” noted lead study author Barbara Galland with the University of Otago in New Zealand.

More research is needed, she added, to understand which children are most at risk for academic difficulty associated with sleep disordered breathing and to figure out how they can be helped.

“That is, some children with sleep-disordered breathing may be performing less well on the tests. What we do not know is which children are more likely to do less well,” she added.

The study is published in the journal Pediatrics.

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