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Headache disorders as risk factors for sleep disturbances in school aged children

  • M. Carotenuto1, 2Email author,
  • V. Guidetti3,
  • F. Ruju2,
  • F. Galli3,
  • F. R. Tagliente3 and
  • A. Pascotto2
The Journal of Headache and Pain20056:204

Published: 20 July 2005


Several epidemiological studies have shown the presence of comorbidity between various types of sleep disorders and different headache subtypes. Migraine without aura is a sensitive risk factor for disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep (odds ratio (OR) 8.2500), and chronic tension–type headache for sleep breathing disorders (OR 15.231), but headache disorder is a cumulative risk factor for disorders of excessive somnolence (OR 15.061). This result has not been reported in the clinical literature.

Key words

Sleep Excessive diurnal sleepiness Headaches Sleep Disturbances Scale for Children