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What are the biggest sleep problems among children with autism?

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Researchers estimate that between 40% and 80% of children with ASD have trouble sleeping. The biggest sleep problems among these children include:

  • Problems falling asleep
  • Inconsistent sleep routines
  • Restlessness or poor sleep quality
  • Waking early and often

SOURCES:

WebMD Feature: "How Much Sleep Do Children Need?"

Richdale AL. , 1999. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

The National Autistic Society: "Sleep and autism: helping your child."

Meltzer LJ. , 2008. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Andersen IM, Kaczmarska J, McGrew SG, Malow BA. , 2008. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

WebMD Feature: "How Much Sleep Do Children Need?"

Richdale AL. , 1999. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

The National Autistic Society: "Sleep and autism: helping your child."

Meltzer LJ. , 2008. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Andersen IM, Kaczmarska J, McGrew SG, Malow BA. , 2008. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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