Sleeping Less or More Than Recommended 7-8 Hours Per Night Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk

Sleeping Less or More Than Recommended 7-8 Hours Per Night Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk
shutterstock_166135529According to a recent research project published in the November issue of the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, higher risks of ulcerative colitis may be associated with not sleeping the recommended number of hours. The study suggests that those who sleep more or less than the 7 or 8 recommended hours per night may have higher risks of developing the disease. Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and author of the study, said in a press release from the American Gastroenterological Association): "Both short and long durations of sleep have important health implications, and are associated with increased overall mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Our findings indicate that ulcerative colitis may potentially be added to this list (...) We found that less than six hours of sleep per day and more than nine hours of sleep per day are each associated w
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