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

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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.

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Correspondence to M. Carotenuto.

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Carotenuto, M., Guidetti, V., Ruju, F. et al. Headache disorders as risk factors for sleep disturbances in school aged children. J Headache Pain 6, 268–270 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10194-005-0204-z

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Key words

  • Sleep
  • Excessive diurnal sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Sleep Disturbances Scale for Children