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A comparative study of circadian rhythm functioning and sleep in people with Asperger syndrome

Hare, Dougal Julian., Jones, S. and Evershed, K. 2006. A comparative study of circadian rhythm functioning and sleep in people with Asperger syndrome. Autism 10 (6) , pp. 565-575. 10.1177/1362361306068509

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The circadian rhythm functioning and sleep patterns of 10 adults with Asperger syndrome were investigated using actigraphy. When compared with data from neurotypical adults, both statistical and clinically significant differences were found between the two groups, with the adults with Asperger syndrome showing marked abnormalities in both the quantity and the quality of sleep recorded. Examination of the actigraphic data indicated low sleep efficiency and high fragmentation as being characteristic of the sleep of participants with Asperger syndrome. These individuals also showed lower-amplitude circadian rhythms that were less strongly linked to environmental synchronizers, but no evidence of significant desynchronization of circadian rhythm. Possible mechanisms for these abnormalities and implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asperger syndrome; circadian rhythms; sleep
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1362-3613
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 01:26

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