Many people with autism have difficulty falling and staying asleep, but there may be ways to help them.
Sleeping zebrafish show two patterns of neuronal activity that are analogous to those in people.
Sleep problems may contribute to autism’s underlying biology — a connection that scientists can study in animal models.
Researchers have engineered two generations of monkeys with mutations in SHANK3, a top autism gene. The first generation shows traits reminiscent of the condition.
Autistic children may be more likely than their unaffected siblings to carry mutations in genes linked to sleep.
Heightened sensory perception in toddlers with autism may predict sleep problems at around age 7.