Children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or another developmental delay or disorder that includes autistic characteristics are twice as likely to have sleeping problems, a multisite case-control study has found.
The findings match up with previous similar studies, but this study is among the largest to measure sleeping problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with two control groups.
“including physiologic differences, sleep disorders, developmental comorbidities, medical comorbidities causing sleep disruption, communication impairments, and behavioral disturbances,” , of the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado, both in Aurora, and her associates reported in .
“Children with ASD are more likely to have anxiety, which may predispose them to sleep problems,” the authors added.
The study evaluated sleep habits and problems in 1,987 children aged 2-5 years. The study population included 522 children with ASD, 228 children with other developmental delays and disorders that have ASD characteristics, 534 children with other developmental delays and disorders, and 703 children from the general population.
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