WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Lack of sleep and poor sleep quality in adolescents increase risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, according to a study published online Jan. 23. There is a possibility. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
Dr. Torbjörn Åkerstedt of Stockholm University and colleagues evaluated the effects of sleep duration, circadian rhythm disruption and sleep quality on multiple sclerosis risk. The analysis included 2,075 multiple sclerosis cases and his 3,164 controls.
Researchers found that short sleep duration (less than 7 hours per night) was associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis compared to 7-9 hours of sleep in adolescents (odds ratio 1.4). Poor self-reported sleep quality in adolescence also increased the risk of later developing multiple sclerosis (odds ratio 1.5). However, phase shift did not significantly affect multiple sclerosis risk. The findings were similar even when shift workers were excluded from the analysis.
“Lack of sleep and poor sleep quality in adolescents increased the risk of multiple sclerosis in a dose-dependent manner. “Educational interventions for adolescents and their parents about the adverse health effects of sleep deprivation are important.”
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