Autism Linked to Sleep Problems and Brain Changes in Infancy

Spectrum | Laura Dattaro

“The most compelling question coming out of it is: Is sleep a modifiable risk factor for autism [traits]?”

A new study from the University of Washington Autism Center has found that children with autism are more likely to have difficulty falling asleep as infants. This may be a step toward directly linking sleep problems with brain development in the youngest children.

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