Original Article| Volume 51, ISSUE 4, P489-493, October 2014

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Specific Headache Factors Predict Sleep Disturbances Among Youth With Migraine



      There is a paucity of pediatric data addressing the complex relationship between primary headaches and sleep disturbances. Our study objective was to explore headache-related factors that predict sleep disturbance and to compare sleep complaints with other forms of headache-related disability among youth with migraines.


      A prospective cohort study was conducted in patients 10-18 years old with migraine or probable migraine and without daily sleep complaints. The patients completed a 90-day internet-based headache diary. On headache days, patients rated headache intensity, answered Pediatric Migraine Disability Assessment-based questions modified for daily scoring, and reported sleep disturbances that resulted as a direct effect of proximate headaches.


      Fifty-two patients generated 4680 diary entries, 984 patients (21%) involved headaches. Headache intensity (P = 0.009) and timing of headache onset (P < 0.001) were predictive of sleep disturbances. Three Pediatric Migraine Disability Assessment-based items were also associated with sleep disturbances: partial school-day absence (P = 0.04), recreational activities prevented (P < 0.001), and decreased functioning during recreational activities (P < 0.001). Sleep disturbances correlated positively and significantly with daily headache disability scores (rpb = 0.35; P < 0.01).


      We conclude that specific headache factors predict sleep disturbances among youth with primary headaches.


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