Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder in children with autism.

@article{Thirumalai2002RapidEM,
  title={Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder in children with autism.},
  author={Shanti S Thirumalai and Richard A Shubin and Ricki G Robinson},
  journal={Journal of child neurology},
  year={2002},
  volume={17 3},
  pages={173-8}
}
We performed nocturnal polysomnography on 11 children with autism who had symptoms of disrupted sleep and nocturnal awakenings. We identified rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder in 5 of these 11 patients. Since REM sleep behavior disorder typically affects elderly males with neurodegenerative diseases, the identification of this phenomenon in autistic children could have profound implications for our understanding of the neurochemical and neurophysiologic bases of autism. Further… CONTINUE READING

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