A laboratory study of sleep in Asperger's syndrome

Roger Godbout, Cybèle Bergeron, Élyse Limoges, Emmanuel Stip, Laurent Mottron

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Asperger's syndrome (AS) is a pervasive developmental disorder that may fall along the autistic spectrum. We compared the sleep of eight patients with AS with that of participants matched for age and gender. Patients with AS showed decreased sleep time in the first two-thirds of the night, increased number of shifts into REM sleep from a waking epoch, and all but one patient showed signs of REM sleep disruption. EEG sleep spindles were significantly decreased while K complexes and REM sleep rapid eye movements were normal. Three patients with AS, but none of the comparison participants, showed a pathological index of periodic leg movements in sleep. These observations show that sleep disorders are associated with AS and suggest that defective sleep control systems may be associated with the clinical picture of AS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 17 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • Electroencephalography
  • Oculomotor
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Sleep spindles
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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