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Sleep Problems

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It is now manifestly clear that sleep is a vitally important biological activity necessary for proper mental and physical health. Experiencing inadequate amounts of sleep affects multiple systems in the body that can increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. In addition, poor sleep impacts academic and behavioral performance in school as well as overall emotional states. This chapter reviews the research on sleep among persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including how inadequate amounts of sleep can impact the individual with ASD as well as the rest of the family, important information about assessing sleep difficulties, and evidence-based treatments for many of these difficulties. Reviewed next will be research on the nature of sleep and the more common sleep problems experienced by persons with ASD. An understanding of the basic biology behind sleep is important for identifying different sleep disorders as well as designing appropriate interventions.

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