Sleeping May Alter Your Risk of Stroke

2015-0526 Sleeping May Alter Your Risk of Stroke

Excerpt of an Article by Maureen Salamon | CBS News

People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests.

Analyzing data from more than 200,000 U.S. residents with high blood pressure, scientists determined that “insufficient” sleepers logging less than five hours of shuteye each night had an 83 percent increased risk of stroke compared to “healthy” sleepers who got seven to eight hours of sleep.

“Long” sleepers reporting more than eight hours of nightly sleep experienced a 74 percent higher stroke risk than healthy sleepers, according to the study.


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  1. After my ABI I have had problems with sleep and when I don’t get enough I suffer from neurofatigue. Therefore I am always looking for information about sleep and I recently stumbled on to an article about medical issues related to to little sleep on WEBMD. It listed 7 health issues that can occur which are: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, depression, lapses in attention and response time, and death. All highly important reasons to get enough shut eye.

    1. Cheryl, I am certain that I am not getting enough sleep post-adversity. However, I am now getting more sleep than when I had a job working for one of largest consulting firms in the world. Another great benefit of the adversity!

  2. After struggling with sleep deprivation for close to eleven years I’m frightened by the serious cumulative effects not sleeping has on both physical and mental health. I am going to try regularly scheduled “siesta like” naps hoping to reap positive results.

    1. Esther, I am not sure if the naps will work for you, but I set my alarm when I nap to make sure I am still tired in the evening. I take a 15-minute nap when I need to take a break from whatever I am doing. However, if I am absolutely exhausted, I take a 30 or 45 minute nap. I sometimes nap during the late morning or early afternoon, but never at night. I cannot recall how long I napped after therapy, but my guess is I used to take two- or three-hour naps. I slowly transitioned to 15-minute naps over a period of several years.

      There are times that I take two 30-minute naps during the day, but that is not very common.

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