, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 585-595

Sleep Patterns of School-Age Children with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism

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Sleep patterns of 32 school-age children with Asperger syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism (HFA) were compared to those of 32 typically developing age- and gender-matched children, using parent survey and one week of diary and actigraphic monitoring. Parents of children with AS/HFA more commonly reported that their children had difficulty falling asleep. One week of sleep recording with diary and actigraphy confirmed that children in the AS/HFA group spent a longer time awake in bed before falling asleep than children in the control group, possibly because the children in the AS/HFA group had earlier bedtimes. Other essential aspects of sleep patterns coincided between the groups. The sleep patterns of children with AS and HFA did not differ.

This research was supported by grants from the Foundation of Majblommans Riksförbund, the Foundation of Samariten, the Märta and Nicke Nasvell Foundation, and the Kempe-Carlgrens Foundation.