University of Chicago researchers said patients who do not sleep well were three times as likely to have active inflammatory bowel disease when compared with patients who reported they slept well. The study, presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting, also linked both sleep problems and active IBD with reported lower quality of life scores. Researcher Jami Kinnucan noted it's not clear whether IBD symptoms affect sleep quality or poor sleep aggravates IBD, but said the data provide a starting point for screening patients for sleep quality.

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