Sleep and Circadian Hygiene and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Swanson GR1, Burgess HJ2. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;46(4):881-893. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2017.08.014.
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1 Department of Digestive Diseases, Rush University Medical Center, 1725 West Harrison Street, Suite 206, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. Electronic address: Garth_R_Swanson@rush.edu.

2 Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, 1645 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 425, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


There is increasing evidence that sleep and circadian disruption can worsen the disease course in inflammatorybowel disease (IBD). Sleep and circadian disruption are prevalent in society and are associated with worse outcomes in IBD. Emerging research suggests sleep and circadian disruption can impact key components in IBD disease flares, including intestinal permeability, translocation of bacterial endotoxins, intestinal dysbiosis, and proinflammatory cytokines. Much of this research has been conducted in animal models. There is a clear need for large randomized controlled trials in human patients with IBD, where the potential for chronotherapeutic strategies to improve disease course can be tested.

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