Frequency of Cariogenic Headache Due to Sleep Deprivation in Medical Professionals

Author(s): Sehrish Ghaffar, Amna Zia, Fariha Shah, Samrood Akram, Arnab Altaf and Naveed Anwar*

Objective: To determine the frequency of cervicogenic headache due to sleep deprivation in medical professionals.

Study design: A cross sectional observational study Place and duration: Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore was used as setting for this study. Duration of the study was 6 months from 1 st May 2021 to 1 st November 2021.

Methodology: The cross sectional study includes 60 Post graduates that were recruited using non probability convenience sampling. Informed consent was taken from the participant before filling of the questionnaire. Cervical flexion rotation test was performed on all the participants, afterwards they were given a modified version of structured ‘Headache questionnaire’ of Stony Brook medicine, which consists of questions regarding the headache, pre and on call sleep habits. Descriptive statistical analyses were done on sample of 60 by using SPSS 22.0 version. Chi square was used to find association between sleep deprivation and headache.

Results: Cross tabulation between post call severity of headache and sleep schedule during long call shows that in there were significant association with p value=0.046 (<0.05) between headache and sleep deprivation, as the sleeping hours were reduce, severity of headache were more marked.

Conclusion: The study concluded that there was an association between sleep deprivation and severity of headache. In the light of these results it could be suggested that long calls hours should be reduced so that the productivity be increased, quality of life of medical professional could be improved and prevalence of cervicogenic headache could be reduced.

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