Insomnia and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Facts and Strategies

Autism Spectrum Disorder And Insomnia - The Facts And The Strategies For parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), bedtime can be a nightmare. Insomnia in those with ASD is considered to be endemic, with up to 80% of those on the spectrum regularly suffering from some form of sleep disorder. This compared to 20-40% among children who do not have ASD. Sleep issues include the following in children with ASD. • Difficulty falling asleep • Difficulty staying asleep • Early morning awakening • Short sleep duration • Erratic sleep patterns • Hyperarousal or anxiety around bedtime • Excessive [...]