Sleep problems increase the risk of musculoskeletal pain in boys but not girls: a prospective cohort study
AuthorAndreucci, A; Campbell, P; Mundy, LK; Sawyer, SM; Kosola, S; Patton, GC; Dunn, KM
Source TitleEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
PublisherSpringer (part of Springer Nature)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsAndreucci, A., Campbell, P., Mundy, L. K., Sawyer, S. M., Kosola, S., Patton, G. C. & Dunn, K. M. (2020). Sleep problems increase the risk of musculoskeletal pain in boys but not girls: a prospective cohort study. European Journal of Pediatrics, 179 (11), pp.1711-1719. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-020-03667-8.
Access StatusOpen Access
NHMRC Grant codeNHMRC/APP1010018
Adults with sleep problems are at higher risk for onset of musculoskeletal pain, but the evidence is less clear for children. This prospective cohort study investigated whether children with sleep problems are at higher risk for onset of musculoskeletal pain and explored whether sex is a modifier of this association. In a prospective cohort study of Australian schoolchildren (n = 1239, mean age 9 years), the associations between sleep problems at baseline and new onset of both musculoskeletal pain and persistent musculoskeletal pain (pain lasting > 3 months) 1 year later were investigated using logistic regression. The potential modifying effect of sex was also assessed. One-year incidence proportion for musculoskeletal pain onset is 43% and 7% for persistent musculoskeletal pain. Sleep problems were associated with musculoskeletal pain onset and persistent musculoskeletal pain onset in boys, odds ratio 2.80 (95% CI 1.39, 5.62) and OR 3.70 (1.30, 10.54), respectively, but not girls OR 0.58 (0.28, 1.19) and OR 1.43 (0.41, 4.95), respectively.
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