Sleep disorders, epilepsy, and autism
Version of Record online: 7 SEP 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Special Issue: Epilepsy and the Development of Autism
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 122–125, May 2004
How to Cite
Malow, B. A. (2004), Sleep disorders, epilepsy, and autism. Ment. Retard. Dev. Disabil. Res. Rev., 10: 122–125. doi: 10.1002/mrdd.20023
- Issue online: 7 SEP 2004
- Version of Record online: 7 SEP 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Received: 23 JUN 2004
- Vanderbilt University Interdisciplinary Discovery
- NINDS. Grant Number: KO2 NS02099
- REM sleep;
The purpose of this review article is to describe the clinical data linking autism with sleep and epilepsy and to discuss the impact of treating sleep disorders in children with autism either with or without coexisting epileptic seizures. Studies are presented to support the view that sleep is abnormal in individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. Epilepsy and sleep have reciprocal relationships, with sleep facilitating seizures and seizures adversely affecting sleep architecture. The hypothesis put forth is that identifying and treating sleep disorders, which are potentially caused by or contributed to by autism, may impact favorably on seizure control and on daytime behavior. The article concludes with some practical suggestions for the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders in this population of children with autism. MRDD Research Reviews 2004;10:122–125. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.