London: 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.

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