Sleep Disorders Very Common in Children with ASD

Recent research that was conducted by Arkansas Children’s Research Institute has identified that 90% of children diagnosed with autism have methylation impairments. These impairments change the way children produce brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. In regards to sleep, serotonin is a much needed neurotransmitter, and therefore, the impairments common in children with Autism often result in sleep disorders.

According to the research, 90% of serotonin comes from the gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, studies have stated that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have gastrointestinal issues. Nutrient deficiencies, digestive problems, and the methylation impairments combine to negatively impact sleep patterns in children with ASD.

The issues that are most common among children with Autism are difficulties getting to sleep, staying asleep for a lengthy period of time, having a peaceful, restful sleep, as well as waking up throughout the night. Sleeping issues in children with Autism typically start at the same age as developmental regression. Healthy sleeping patterns are essential to development, so it is important to bring up sleeping issues to pediatricians as soon as possible.

Recently, the Center of Pediatric Sleep Disorders have stated that melatonin use in children with Autism is effective and safe in aiding their sleeping patterns. Melatonin is a hormone that helps in the regulation of the gastrointestinal system, as it governs intestinal reflexes, provides immune function, protects against inflammation, and provides energy balance. With the startling numbers of children experiencing both gut issues and sleep issues, this new research about melatonin’s role in gastrointestinal health could provide clues about treatment and repair of these biological systems.

The ICare4Autism International Autism Conference will be discussing other significant medical research on July 1st in NYC. Speakers include the incredible Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council, and Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Hollander will be giving a fascinating presentation on personalized therapeutics for ASD. This conference is only a few days away, and early bird ticket specials are still available! To select your tickets, please click here. This is an Autism conference you will not want to miss!

This entry was posted in Autism America, Autism Awareness, Autism Conferences, Autism News, Autism News, Jerusalem Conference and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>