Individuals who sleep more or less than average report significantly more constipation, compared with normal sleepers, Medscape reports.

“Normal sleep duration is thought to be essential for healthy bowel function; however, the effect of either limited or excessive sleep duration on bowel patterns is poorly understood,” Adeyinka Adejumo, MD, of North Shore Medical Center, Salem, Mass. , and colleagues wrote in an abstract released as part of the annual Digestive Disease Week, which was canceled because of COVID-19.

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