Vedolizumab Therapy Is Associated with an Improvement in Sleep Quality and Mood in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Betsy W. Stevens, Nynke Z. Borren, Gabriella Velonias, Grace Conway, Thom Cleland, Elizabeth Andrews, Hamed Khalili, John G. Garber, Ramnik J. Xavier, Vijay Yajnik, Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan*

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    Poor sleep, depression, and anxiety are common in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and associated with increased risk of relapse and poor outcomes. The effectiveness of therapies in improving such psychosocial outcomes is unclear but is an important question to examine with increasing selectivity of therapeutic agents.

    This prospective cohort enrolled patients with moderate-to-severe CD or UC starting biologic therapy with vedolizumab or anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha agents (anti-TNF). Sleep quality, depression, and anxiety were measured using validated short-form NIH PROMIS questionnaires assessing sleep and mood quality over the past 7 days. Disease activity was assessed using validated indices. Improvement in sleep and mood scores from baseline was assessed, and regression models were used to identify determinants of sleep quality.

    Our study included 160 patients with IBD (49 anti-TNF, 111 Vedolizumab) among whom half were women and the mean age was 40.2 years. In the combined cohort, we observed a statistically significant and meaningful decrease in mean scores from baseline (52.8) by week 6 (49.8, p = 0.002). Among vedolizumab users, sleep T-score improved from baseline (53.6) by week 6 (50.7) and persisted through week 54 (46.5, p = 0.009). Parallel reductions in depression and anxiety were also noted (p <0.05 by week 6). We observed no difference in improvement in sleep, depression, and anxiety between vedolizumab and anti-TNF use at week 6.

    Both vedolizumab and anti-TNF biologic therapies were associated with improvement in sleep and mood quality in IBD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)197-206
    Number of pages10
    JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan-2017


    • Vedolizumab
    • Sleep
    • Biologics
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • OF-LIFE
    • RISK

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