- Boys with sleeping problems were significantly more likely to develop musculoskeletal pain, including persistent pain.
Why this matters
- Researchers have reported an association between sleep problems and an increased risk for musculoskeletal pain in adults, but studies in children have yielded mixed results.
- 1194 children aged 8-9 years (542 boys; 642 girls) from the prospective longitudinal Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study.
- 1-year follow-up.
- Funding: Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council; others.
- 60% of children had any musculoskeletal pain at baseline and 43% at follow-up.
- Persistent pain was reported in 15% of children at baseline and 7% at follow-up.
- At baseline, sleeping problems occurred "often" in 53% of girls and 33% of boys and "almost always" in 47% of girls and 67% of boys.
- Boys with sleep problems at baseline had a significantly increased risk for:
- Musculoskeletal pain onset: aOR, 2.80 (1.39-5.62).
- Persistent musculoskeletal pain: aOR, 3.70 (1.30-10.54) at follow-up.
- No association was found between sleeping problems and pain in girls.
- Secondary data analysis of a cohort not specifically designed to study link between sleep problems and musculoskeletal pain.