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Sleep disturbances are associated with specific sensory sensitivities in children with autism

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Autism, March 2018
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Title
Sleep disturbances are associated with specific sensory sensitivities in children with autism
Published in
Molecular Autism, March 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13229-018-0206-8
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Orna Tzischinsky, Gal Meiri, Liora Manelis, Asif Bar-Sinai, Hagit Flusser, Analya Michaelovski, Orit Zivan, Michal Ilan, Michal Faroy, Idan Menashe, Ilan Dinstein

Abstract

Sensory abnormalities and sleep disturbances are highly prevalent in children with autism, but the potential relationship between these two domains has rarely been explored. Understanding such relationships is important for identifying children with autism who exhibit more homogeneous symptoms. Here, we examined this relationship using the Caregiver Sensory Profile and the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire, which were completed by parents of 69 children with autism and 62 age-matched controls. In line with previous studies, children with autism exhibited more severe sensory abnormalities and sleep disturbances than age-matched controls. The sleep disturbance scores were moderately associated with touch and oral sensitivities in the autism group and with touch and vestibular sensitivities in the control group. Hypersensitivity towards touch, in particular, exhibited the strongest relationship with sleep disturbances in the autism group and single-handedly explained 24% of the variance in total sleep disturbance scores. In contrast, sensitivity in other sensory domains such as vision and audition was not associated with sleep quality in either group. While it is often assumed that sensitivities in all sensory domains are similarly associated with sleep problems, our results suggest that hypersensitivity towards touch exhibits the strongest relationship with sleep disturbances when examining children autism. We speculate that hypersensitivity towards touch interferes with sleep onset and maintenance in a considerable number of children with autism who exhibit severe sleep disturbances. This may indicate the existence of a specific sleep disturbance mechanism that is associated with sensitivity to touch, which may be important to consider in future scientific and clinical studies.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 15%
Researcher 21 15%
Student > Bachelor 20 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 11%
Other 10 7%
Other 24 17%
Unknown 31 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 32 22%
Neuroscience 20 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 18 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 3%
Other 18 13%
Unknown 42 29%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 19. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 April 2022.
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