Sleep and Ulcerative Colitis Risk: The Surprising Connection

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Both too little and too much sleep may increase your risk of developing ulcerative colitis (UC), suggests a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Using data from the prospective Nurses’ Health Study, Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan, MD, MPH, from Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues discovered a U-shaped relationship between sleep duration and UC risk; specifically, both short and long nightly sleep duration was associated with an increased risk of UC independent of other known environmental risk factors. Previous research by Dr. Ananthakrishnan also found that poor sleep quality increased the risk of Crohn’s diseases flares at six months two-fold, even while in remission. With more evidence on the relationship between sleep and the immune system emerging, clinicians should regularly ask patients with inflammatory bowel diseases about their sleeping duration and quality and emphasize the importance of a good night’s rest.

Sleep and Ulcerative Colitis Risk: The Surprising Connection
Sleep and Ulcerative Colitis Risk

If you are not getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night, you may be at increased risk of developing ulcerative colitis, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

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