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Watch out! Too Much Sleep Can Cause Stroke


Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Are you one of those people who have trouble sleeping, or do you sleep too much?

It turns out that both are not good for your health.

It is recommended to get six to eight hours of sleep for healthy bodily functions. Excessive sleep should also not be ignored because it can increase the risk of stroke.

Experts say sleeping too much every day can indicate a medical problem. Studies have shown that people who sleep more than eight hours each day are more likely to suffer a stroke compared to people who sleep between six to eight hours.

Due to a sedentary lifestyle, people over the age of 25 die from heart attacks that lead to strokes.

Scientists evaluated stroke risk among 32,000 people with an average of 62 in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology on December 11, 2019.

The scientists linked stroke rates to the study participants’ self-reported sleep patterns.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, causing damage to brain tissue.

As per research, people who sleep more than nine hours per night have a 23 percent increased risk of stroke compared to people who sleep less than eight hours per night.

Furthermore, people who nap for at least 90 minutes in the middle of the day had a 25 percent higher chance of having a stroke than those who took less than 30 minutes of naps.

People who slept longer but reported having poorer sleep had an 82 percent higher risk of stroke. Sleep problems are common even after a stroke. More than half of the survivors had difficulty sleeping in the following months. This can interfere with recovery, create melancholy and cause memory problems.

How oversleeping is linked to stroke is not clear, but it has been observed that people who sleep too much have elevated cholesterol levels, which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of stroke.

Doctors believe that a healthy diet and lifestyle choices can help avoid 80 percent of the risk of stroke. So keep moving, cut down on junk food, say no to smoking and monitor your blood pressure, sugar and weight to have a better life and reduce the risk of stroke.

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