Stroke Prevention

Sleep time is crucial

Habitually being short on sleep significantly increases the risk of stroke among normal-weight adults. 

More than 5,000 people with no history of stroke participated in a three-year study. Results showed a greater incidence of stroke symptoms among those who slept less than six hours per night. 

"In employed, middle-aged to older adults--relatively free of major risk factors for stroke such as obesity and sleep-disordered breathing-- short sleep duration may exact its own negative influence on stroke development," said Megan Ruiter, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "We speculate that short sleep duration is a precursor to other traiditional stroke risk factors."

"Top Risk of Stroke for Normal-Weight Adults: Getting Under 6 Hours of Sleep," American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 6/11/12

Did You Know?

Lack of sleep appears to greatly increase our emotional response to negative or unpleasant experiences. A new study demonstrated that the strength of this sleep-deprivation effect was related to how naturally anxious the participants were. 

"Sleep Deprivation May Lead to Higher Anxiety Levels..." American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 6/10/12