A new study is showing that Clock Gene mutation is found to contribute to the development of Autism.
Who’s this for:
- for anyone who has Autism.
- for anybody in your life who has Autism.
- for anybody who’s just interested in Autism.
The science behind Autism Spectrum Disorder continues to evolve on a very regular basis. This new study was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry; and, the findings are making huge connections to the understanding of good sleep and Autism.
What are some points I should focus on?
Look, we’ve known for some time now that people with Autism have a difficult time with sleep. Over 70% of all children diagnosed with Autism have difficulty with their sleep.
The interesting thing to know in the study cited above: researchers are finding new data that suggests that people with Autism may have a mutation in their clock genes. It's important to know that clock genes help set our circadian rhythm.
And, if our circadian rhythms are off-kilter, poor sleep & difficulty sleeping are two of the main symptoms.
Doctor’s Expert Opinion
What should I do next?
Even though the study shows that there may be a connection between Clock Genes and Autism, it's important that people rule out some of the more common sleep issues.
For example, issues like reflux & obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to sleeping problems for people with Autism. These issues need to be assessed and treated.
Also, keep in mind: this study doesn’t prove that all sleeping problems in people with Autism are happening because of mutations in their clock genes.
Ask your doctor about the: M-CHAT-R Test. Take it here.