Sleep and Cognition in People with Autism Spectrum Condition: A Systematic Literature Review

Aaron Shaw, Truc Nguyen Thanh Do, Lesley Harrison, Magda Marczak, Dagmara Dimitriou, Anna Joyce

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
19 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Sleep disturbances have been found to increase severity of core autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms such as social and communication difficulties and repetitive behaviours. However, very little is known about the impact of sleep on cognitive functioning in ASD. A systematic literature search identified fifteen original studies meeting inclusion and quality assessment criteria. Inter-rater reliability was strong (kappa=0.73). Multiple cognitive functions were negatively affected by sleep disturbances in ASD. This had a significant impact on daily functioning, as well as impacting families/carers. Possible sleep interventions include behavioural/cognitive training, pharmacological treatment, and sensory interventions. Combining objective and subjective sleep measures would help in early diagnosis, which may contribute towards developing interventions to help those with ASD as well as carers and families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages9
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2021

Bibliographical note

Copyright © and Moral Rights are retained by the author(s) and/ or other copyright owners. A copy can be downloaded for personal non-commercial research or study, without prior permission or charge. This item cannot be reproduced or quoted extensively from without first obtaining permission in writing from the copyright holder(s). The content must not be changed in any way or sold commercially in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders.

This document is the author’s post-print version, incorporating any revisions agreed during the peer-review process. Some differences between the published version and this version may remain and you are advised to consult the published version if you wish to cite from it.

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Sleep
  • Cognitive functioning
  • systematic literature review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Sleep and Cognition in People with Autism Spectrum Condition: A Systematic Literature Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this