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

J Headache Pain. 2005 Sep;6(4):268-70. doi: 10.1007/s10194-005-0204-z.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Comorbidity
  • Headache Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Stages
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology*