A quarterly publication of the Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Review International is quarterly publication of the Autism Research Institute

Summer, 2022 | Number 3, Volume 36

Sleep problems in ASD affect other areas of life

Sleep problems are very common in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and a new meta-analysis indicates that these problems have a significant impact on other aspects of life. 

Gloria Han and colleagues analyzed 49 published studies and 51 samples providing data on a total of more than 15,000 individuals with ASD. The researchers report that “sleep problems were significantly associated with more clinical symptomatology and worse daytime functioning,” with the strongest association seen for mood and anxiety symptoms. 

They conclude, “Findings highlight the far-reaching consequences of sleep problems on daytime functioning for autistic individuals and support the continued prioritization of sleep as a target for intervention through integrated care models to improve wellbeing.” 


“Associations between sleep problems and domains relevant to daytime functioning and clinical symptomatology in autism: a meta-analysis,” Gloria T. Han, Dominic A. Trevisan, Emily A. Abel, Elise M. Cummings, Carter Carlos, Armen Bagdasarov, Shashwat Kala, Termara Parker, Craig Canapari, and James C. McPartland, Autism Research, May 30, 2022 (online). Address: James McPartland, School of Medicine, Child Study Center, Yale University, 40 Temple Street, Suite 6A2, New Haven, CT 06510, [email protected].