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Sleep woes may be linked to birth size

August 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scientists say that sleeping problems in some kids may be linked to their birth size.The lower a child's weight and length at birth, the greater their odds of having poor sleep or sleep disturbances such as breathing problems or nightmares.

A report in the journal SLEEP suggests smaller birth size may alter the development of the nervous system.

They also found prenatal drinking was linked to a greater risk of childhood sleep problems, because it can impair growth.

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