How Loss of Sleep Results in Speech Difficulties

Sleep is as important as eating and drinking. Similar to adults, children need enough sleep at night in order to develop and function properly. Unlike adults, children need to have more than nine hours of sleep every night to regenerate the neurons in their brain.


Sleep apnea can lead to stuttering and slurred speech.

Sleep Apnea Leads to Speech Difficulties

Loss of sleep can cause a delay in children’s speech processing ability that can lead to slurring and stuttering. A study showed that 40% of patients diagnosed with sleep apnea experienced speech impairments like stuttering since childhood. Sleep apnea damages the brain region that regulates breathing and speech, causing children to stutter and face difficulty speaking clearly.

Moreover, sleep loss can cause negative effects such as:

  • Weak school performance
  • Poor memory
  • Lower nonverbal intelligence
  • Delayed linguistic functioning

Read the articles here to learn more about speech difficulties in children.

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