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What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

It's common: While i don't have a specific percentage, it's pretty common, and most of the kids i see have a sleep disorder of some sort. Sometimes it's difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, winding down, or having a correct day/night cycle. There are medications that can help, but consult with your pediatrician and / or a sleep expert to get a specific regimen. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

Mgt, workup: The severe laryngomalacia can cause and contribute to sleep apnea and aspiration. I would suggest an evaluation by ENT and a sleep study to evaluate the need for CPAP. Speech and development can help with coordination/swallowing mechanisms. A virtual appointment: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Is there any sleep problems that Drs can't hrlp?

Is there any sleep problems that Drs can't hrlp?

I like your thoughts: As if to say that so far as you've found-- none of the sleep problems you've had have been helped by Drs? LOL...well, you may have a point. Look, the truth is that sleep problems are like anything else. Best way to crack the code is by GATHERING the facts & details before launching into treatment. The truth is, "sleep problems" are looked at MOSTLY as insomnia for which drugs should work. Gronk! ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for sleep problems?

What's a good treatment for sleep problems?

Cognitive behavioral: The most effective treatment for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy. 1. Sleep hygiene therapy. This focuses on trying to make sure that the room that you’re going to sleep in is cool, dark and quiet, and that you’re making an appropriate transition to sleep. 2. Sleep restriction therapy. Retraining your mind to associate bed with sleep rather than worrying about not sleeping. ...Read more

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What are the causes of sleep problems and body aches?

What are the causes of sleep problems and body aches?

Many factors: Body aches, by themselves, can cause sleep problems. Poor sleep is usually due to being aroused from sleep and this is often due to pain from some area of the body. An over the counter pain medication such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken one hour before retiring can help alleviate aches while sleeping. A 'sleep study' can provide more data-see your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Can dementia have anything to do with sleep problems such as insomnia?

Can dementia have anything to do with sleep problems such as insomnia?

Yes: Many types of dementia cause damage to the part of the brain controlling circadian rhythms. This can lead to insomnia or unpredictable sleep-wake problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more