Watch: Sleep and Autism

If you’re the parent of a child with autism, then you may be familiar with the link between autism and sleep problems. In our household, sleep has been a major concern for years. Sure, I’m tired when one of my kiddos has a sleepless night but honestly I’m more concerned about how the lack of a good night’s sleep will affect their health in the long run.

In this video, research about sleep problems leading to daytime behavioral challenges is discussed. To me, this is an obvious connection. Of course you’re going to be off and exhibit behavior problems if you don’t sleep well, whether or not you’re on the autism spectrum. I know that I’m often times a bit grouchy or even spacey if I had a rough night and I’m neurotypical.

Does your child with autism have sleep issues? Do you notice more challenging behavior the day after a rough night?

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Melissa is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum and strives to provide information about all aspects of autism through her blog, The Autism Education Site. Follow Melissa on Twitter. Like me on Facebook.

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