Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has revealed he has suffered a stroke and blames the episode on long working days.
In an interview with the Eastern Daily Press, the former coalition health minister said he woke with double vision at his London flat a fortnight ago.
The 60-year-old MP for North Norfolk went to hospital and was found to have suffered what was described to him as a “very minor stroke”.
He said he counted himself lucky to have no physical damage, and felt he had been given a “second chance”.
He said he has got by on “four or five hours sleep” a night for years and has to make changes.
“You never think it is going to happen to you and then suddenly you are told you’ve had a stroke,” he said. “It was a life-changing moment.”
He said he planned to be back at work in London next week but would do reduced hours.
“I’ve got to work smarter,” he said. “When a doctor tells you about the importance of sleep you have to take notice.”