The amount of sleep you’re having could hugely increase your stroke risk 38



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Many over 60s suffer from sleep problems caused by medications or even by their general sleep routines, however new research has shown that there are some very big risks to not getting enough shut eye, aside from feeling lethargic.

Getting a good night’s sleep and exercising several times a week can significantly cut the risk of stroke, research suggests. Experts found that sleeping for seven to eight hours a night and taking 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three to six times a week produced the maximum benefits for preventing a stroke, reports The Herald.

But sleeping for a longer or shorter amount of time increased the risk people would suffer, they said.

This was based on research from the New York University School of Medicine, which was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

It was a huge analysis of factors, such as health, lifestyle, age and ethnicity, from 288,888 adults who took part in a survey from 2004 to 2013.

The team also looked at things such as how long people slept and how much exercise they took, such as walking, swimming, cycling or gardening.

The results showed that average sleepers – those who slept seven to eight hours a night – were 25 per cent less likely to have experienced a stroke.

Meanwhile, long sleepers, i.e. those who got more than eight hours a night, were 146 per cent more likely to have suffered a stroke.

And there’s equally bad news for short sleepers: those who slept less than seven hours a night were 22 per cent more likely to report having had a stroke.

According to the Stroke Foundation, stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. Shockingly, 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime, so it’s really important we all take the steps to prevent a stroke, and see a doctor if we have trouble getting to bed.

Tell us, how many hours do you sleep a night?


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  1. Please don’t tell me these things, I’m an insomniac who can’t do any exercise at the moment

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    • I am in hospital just had major back surgery I have forgotten what a good sleep is ..i haven’t been on fb since my surgery on Tuesday and first thing I read is this .. thanks a million👎👎👎

  2. I don’t sleep long hours and most nights I get a a couple times to go to the bathroom. I have never been one to sleep long hours.

  3. I get fed up with the endless reports on sleep these days. For heavens sake, if we COULD sleep, we would, and it just adds more stress to be told of the dire consequences of poor sleep. You can eat healthy, exercise daily, follow all those “sleep hygiene” checklists, do everyting right and still have insomnia, or broken sleep or a sleep disorder. And the wonders of medical science can do precisely zilch about it (unless you have sleep apoena, in which case you get a machine). ALL the medications that produce sleep, have side effects of varying seriousness, all the benzodiazepines are addictive, as well as being strongly linked to the development of dementia, as are ‘sleeping pills’, and all the anti-cholinergics, like sedating antihistamines etc. Herbal teas, warm baths and relaxation techniques may allow you to drop off, but they don’t prevent the broken patchy sleep that follows. Bah humbug! Yes, I AM grouchy, oh, maybe its because I can never get any sleep! 🙁

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    • Completely agree! If it was that easy we all would sleep as much as we need. Another stupid article by someone with little useful to do

    • Yes I agree totally with you.
      Every other day researchers give conflicting advice regarding what to eat and what is bad for you…
      Who pays for all this research ???
      Do your own thing !!
      Eat what you like in moderation, walk, read ,relax and enjoy your life….
      Listen to your body ,eat when you are hungry and rest when you are tired.

    • Have forgotten what a due sent sleep is . Have no trouble going to sleep but 1-2 hours later wide awake. Have learnt if I take a sleeping pill to take it after I wake up the first time. This way I will maybe get three hours

    • Saturday morning I was going to sleep as the sun was coming up. Then my dog woke me three hours later. Typical night for me. Never get enough sleep and always tired.

  4. Yeah – well thats great. If I could sleep more I would. Dont even sleep better when I have been on an 18 k walk. Thanks for adding to my stress levels!

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  5. Well if too much sleep is bad and too little is also bad just perhaps it has ………… All to do with sleep and more to do with genetics, blood pressure and lifestyle

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