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J Autism Dev Disord. 2006 Jul;36(5):585-95.

Sleep patterns of school-age children with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism.

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  • 1Department of Woman and Child Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, Q3:O4, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, S-171 76 , Stockholm, Sweden.


Sleep patterns of 32 school-age children with Asperger syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism (HFA) were compared to those of 32 typically developing age- and gender-matched children, using parent survey and one week of diary and actigraphic monitoring. Parents of children with AS/HFA more commonly reported that their children had difficulty falling asleep. One week of sleep recording with diary and actigraphy confirmed that children in the AS/HFA group spent a longer time awake in bed before falling asleep than children in the control group, possibly because the children in the AS/HFA group had earlier bedtimes. Other essential aspects of sleep patterns coincided between the groups. The sleep patterns of children with AS and HFA did not differ.

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