If humans do not get enough restful sleep our daytime functioning is impaired – comparable to being intoxicated! With the influx of technology in our fast-paced society many of us are stimulating our brains before going to bed, reducing our quality of sleep and affecting our daily lives. Unfortunately, sleep problems are already very common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and this has been shown to worsen daytime functioning. Proper sleep hygiene and “unplugging” at least one hour before bed can help everyone get quality sleep leading to more well rested days. 

For more information on proper sleep hygiene in ASD please go to: https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/health-and-wellness/sleep

By: Sarah Benson, M.Sc.(c) (Focus: Sleep and Exercise in ASD)

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