Sleep difficulties have a significant impact on functional and headache disability in adolescents

Perceived difficulties in falling and staying asleep have a major impact on functional disability and headache disability in adolescents presenting to a multidisciplinary headache clinic, according to new findings.

Researchers from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, USA, noted that children with chronic headaches often report difficulties with hypersomnia and insomnia that can complicate treatment and adherence to a headache management plan. However, relatively little is known about how poor sleep affects headache-specific disability and function in adolescents.