Poor sleep quality linked with multiple sclerosis risk in teens: Study

Updated: Jan 24 2023 5:35PM

London, Jan 24 (PTI) Failure to receive at least seven hours of quality sleep during the teenage years is associated with the subsequent risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study.

The research, published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, suggests that clocking up enough hours of restorative sleep while young may help to ward off the condition.

MS is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors, including smoking, teenage weight (BMI), Epstein-Barr virus infection -- one of the most common human viruses -- sun exposure, and vitamin D, the researchers said.