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Autism Jabberwocky: Melatonin for Sleep Issues in Autism

Autism Jabberwocky: Melatonin for Sleep Issues in Autism

Melatonin for Sleep Issues in Autism

A recent meta-review has found that melatonin is a safe and effective treatment for sleep disturbances in autism. While this finding should not come as a surprise to anyone, it is good that researchers continue to publish on subjects that can improve the quality of life for children with autism and their families.

The key findings here are similar to those in other studies. Melatonin can help children with autism fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It has minimal side effects and is well tolerated by most children.

However, while melatonin can help with some children, it is not going to work for all children. And melatonin does not seem to help if the problem is that your child wakes up during the night.

Or in simple terms, it can help your child fall asleep but it isn't a cure-all for the sleeping problems associated with autism.

The abstract really gives all of the relevant details, so here it is.


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