Sleep Disturbances in Autism

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Around 80% of children suffering from ASD have Sleep problems. In typically developing children sleep problems and insufficient sleep can result in daytime sleepiness, learning problems and behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness and aggression. Recent studies in children with Autism stated that a poor sleeper shows more problematic behavior than good sleepers. Difficulty in falling asleep and repeated awakenings during the night is the most common sleep problems in children with ASD. Jewel Autism Center is the Best autism treatment center in Kottayam

Studies are underway in children with ASD evaluating levels of hormones such as melatonin and other chemicals released by the brain known to affect sleep. Behavioral issues such as poor sleep hygiene and limit-setting problems can contribute to insomnia. In addition, medical issues more common in children with ASD such as epilepsy or gastroesophageal reflux can disrupt sleep. Sometimes medications your child might be taking can be alerting and contribute to difficulty falling asleep.

So is poor sleep worsening a child’s autistic symptoms, or is more severe autism disrupting sleep? Scientists like to point out that “correlation doesn’t equal causation.” In other words, just because two things are linked, it doesn’t necessarily mean one is causing the other. More research would be needed to prove cause and effect. In this case, the researchers admit they don’t know yet if inadequate sleep is increasing children’s autism symptoms or vice versa. There’s also a third possibility. Perhaps insomnia and autism are both caused by something else, such as a shared genetic mutation.

Behavioural strategies to promote healthy sleep includes the following

  • Create a calming and predictable bedtime routine,
  • Keep the bedroom dark,
  • Remove caffeine from the diet,
  • Reduce night time use of cell phones, television and other electronic devices. Their light can interfere with the body’s production of melatonin for sleep, and exciting games and programs may keep the child too alert.

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