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Adolescence is a time of increased vulnerability for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).1 • In non-ASD youth, sleep and circadian rhythms demonstrate marked changes during adolescence that delay the biological propensity for sleep.2 • In combination with early school start times, these agerelated changes in sleep and circadian rhythms result in insufficient sleep duration, circadian misalignment, daytime sleepiness, and numerous behavioral and psychiatric problems.3 • Age-related changes in sleep and circadian rhythms, and their relevance for behavioral and psychiatric health have not been examined in youth with ASD.
Behavioral Medicine | Pediatrics
Reynolds, Charles F; Siegel, Matthew; and Taylor, Briana, "Sleep Patterns & Sleep Problems Vary by Age in Children with Autism" (2022). Costas T. Lambrew Research Retreat 2022. 9.