PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Why do children with autism have problems with sleep?

ANSWER

Researchers don't know for sure why autistic children have problems with sleep, but they have several theories. It may be that the child misses social cues that it's time to go to bed. Or children with autism may have trouble falling asleep or awaken in the middle of the night because they're more sensitive to things like touch or sound. Anxiety is another possible condition that could affect their sleep.

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

NEXT QUESTION:

What should I do if my child who has autism wakes up repeatedly or has difficulty in sleeping?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.