What are the sleep problems faced by individuals with ASD? How can invidyo help?
Sleep problems are among the first concerns parents report in young children later diagnosed with ASD and persist through adolescence and into adulthood.
For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) parent/caregiver reports of sleep problems are common with estimates of roughly 50 to 80%.
Sleep problems encompass a diverse range of problems, including difficulties with insomnia, sleep-related breathing disorders, excessive daytime sleepiness, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, parasomnias, and sleep-related movement disorders.
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Insomnia is the most common type of sleep problem in individuals with ASD and may include prolonged sleep onset latency, extended night awakenings, and early morning rise times.
Sleep problems are associated with elevated rates of daytime behavior problems in children with ASD and with elevated rates of anxiety and depression in older children and adults.
Across the life course, sleep problems are associated with more severe ASD symptoms.
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