Short sleep duration and poor sleep quality among migraineurs: A population-based study

Tae Jin Song, Chang Ho Yun, Soo Jin Cho, Won Joo Kim, Kwang Ik Yang, Min Kyung Chu

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Background: Sleep disturbances are closely related to migraine. Nevertheless, information regarding the impact of short sleep duration and poor sleep quality on the clinical presentation of migraine at population level is limited. Methods: This study was a nationwide population-based survey on adults aged 19–69 years. Headache frequency (attacks/month) and intensity (visual analogue scale, 0–10) were documented. Short sleep duration and poor sleep quality were defined as average sleep duration <6 h/day and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index score >5, respectively. The association of sleep parameters with headache frequency and intensity was analysed among migraineurs. Results: Of 2695 participants, 143 (5.3%) had migraine. Headache frequency was significantly higher among migraineurs with short sleep duration (2.0 [1.0–12.0] vs. 1.0 [0.3–4.0], p = 0.048) and poor sleep quality (2.0 [0.6–4.7] vs. 1.0 [0.2–3.0], p = 0.009) than among those without. However, headache intensity was similar between migraineurs with short sleep duration and poor sleep quality. Multiple linear regression analyses revealed that short sleep duration was a significant contributing factor for headache frequency (β = 0.210, p = 0.015). Conclusions: Self-reported short sleep duration (<6 h per day) is associated with an increased headache frequency among migraineurs in a population-based setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-864
Number of pages10
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by a 2011-Grant from Korean Academy of Medical Sciences. This research was supported by grants of Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2015R1D1A1A01057934).

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© 2017, © International Headache Society 2017.


  • Headache
  • insomnia
  • migraine
  • sleep deprivation
  • symptom


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