Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Sleep more for fewer strokes

People who get fewer than six hours of sleep every night are significantly more at risk of suffering a stroke, a study has suggested.

Researchers found that healthy middle aged people with no family history of stroke were more at risk of being affected by a stroke than those who got at least nine hours of shut eye at night.

The findings were compiled from three years of studies of more than 5,000 people aged between 45 and retirement age in the US who were tested for symptoms of numbness down on side of their body, dizziness and the sudden inability to express themselves verbally or in the written word.

Co-author of the report, Virginia Howard, professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama said: “Sleeping habits can exacerbate the potential for these problems which are internationally recognised as putting people at extraordinary risk of subsequent stroke.”

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