Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ( 2.6 MB)
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Melatonin for insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorders.
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Sleep and autism spectrum disorders.
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Sleep disorders are common in children with autism spectrum disorders. Identifying and treating sleep disorders may result not only in more consolidated sleep, more rapid time to fall asleep, and avoidance of night waking but also favorably affect daytime behavior and parental stress.
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Dev Med Child Neurol. 2011;53(9):783-92. PubMed abstract / Full Text
Melatonin administration in ASD is associated with improved sleep parameters, better daytime behavior, and minimal side effects.