Sleep problems increase risk for inflammatory bowel disease

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In a study from Zhejiang University, scientists found short sleep duration and daytime napping appear to increase the risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The team assessed associations of sleep duration and daytime napping with IBD, Crohn’s disease (CD), and ulcerative colitis (UC).

The analysis included 806 cases of CD and 1,798 cases of UC with a follow-up of 12 years.

The researchers found that comparing sleep duration of no more than 5 hours/day with seven hours/day, the risk for IBD was higher.

There was a trend toward higher risk when comparing participants with and without daytime napping.

However, the associations were stronger in people with high polygenic risk scores versus low polygenic risk scores.

The team says maintaining a healthy sleep duration and no daytime napping may be a prevention strategy for lowering the risk of IBD.

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The study was conducted by Shuai Yuan et al and published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

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