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Why Do Children With Autism Have Sleep Disorders
Many causes: There are many types and presentations of sleep disorders, ranging from inability to sleep (insomnia) to disrupted sleep to too much sleep. Excessive worries, medical problems, activity levels and day-night patterns, sleep apnea (sleep breathing problems) are among the common causes. When there is sustained sleep disturbance, daytime function is affected, resulting in fatigue, memory trouble, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
1 in 5: Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and affects many people at some time in their life. Persistent insomnia affects about 8% of the population. Sleep apnea is becoming more common and unfortunately most people have not been diagnosed. It probably affects 10% of the adult population. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: It really varies depending on the sleep disorder. In general, symptoms include insomnia, sleepiness, headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety, agitation, attention and memory problems, hyperactivity, snoring and breathing problems during sleep, waking during the night, sleep walking and sleep eating, nightmares and night terrors and more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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