Sleep Focus

Autistic Project

Sleep and health in autistic adults


We have designed this project because many autistic individuals have informed us about experiencing sleep problems. As a result, we want to learn more about these sleep problems in autistic adults and provide ways that may help improve sleep. Throughout the project we will be working collaboratively with a number of autistic advisers to search for the best sleep related solution/s.

We recently invited autistic adults to complete a survey about their sleep and how it related to their health both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had over 400 autistic adults complete the survey and we are currently in the process of analysing our data. 

In addition, we recently completed online focus groups to gather additional information on sleep and mental health in autistic adults. We are in the process of analysing our focus group information and preparing it for publication.

If you are interested in future studies on this project or research in the lab in general we’d love to hear from you. If you are an autistic individual, a parent, an academic, a professional or simply intrigued, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Alternatively, feel free to contact us using the contact details below or through our Facebook or Twitter pages. This project is funded by the John and Lorna Wing Foundation. 

The research team:

​​Dr Dagmara Dimitriou
Dr Elizabeth Halstead
Emma Sullivan

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