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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;58(3):685-98. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.03.009.

Sleep and autism spectrum disorders.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.


Sleep disorders are common in children with autism spectrum disorders and have a significant effect on daytime function and parental stress. The cornerstone of treatment is to establish the cause of the sleep concern, which is often multifactorial. Identifying and treating sleep disorders may result not only in more consolidated sleep, more rapid time to fall asleep, and avoidance of night waking but also favorably affect daytime behavior and parental stress. Targeting effective treatment strategies is dependent on understanding the underlying causes of sleep problems in children with Autism spectrum disorders, therefore further research is paramount.

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