Dr Nils Bergman has recently had the second of two papers published that he has been working on for several years. Parents around the world are being told to put their babies to sleep on their backs(supine sleep) to protect them against SIDS.
Nils’ first paper explains HOW sleeping on your back decreases the risk of SIDS. His theory is that the lowering of SIDS risk is due to supine sleep being a STRESSOR for which he presents evidence.
To die of SIDS the baby must have a defect in the brain stem. Supine sleep protects from that defect killing the baby by increasing arousal and stress, and therefore decreasing the quality of sleep.
But could that decreased quality of sleep have unintended side effects?
Nils’ second publication shows two things:
Firstly, sleep disruption in early infancy may disturb several parts of the brain that are linked to AUTISM.
Secondly, in five countries with decent autism statistics, autism increase coincided exactly with the Supine Sleep Campaigns.
COULD IT BE THAT THE PRICE WE PAY FOR DECREASING SIDS IN THE POPULATION IS INCREASING AUTISM?