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Sleeping THIS Many Hours A Night Could Mean Your Stroke Risk Is 46% Higher

Feb 26, 2015
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You need sleep, and plenty of it. But sleeping too much—especially if you used to get by on fewer than 6 hours—could signal an impending stroke, suggests research from the journalNeurology.  

For nearly a decade, UK researchers tracked the sleeping habits and stroke rates of nearly 10,000 middle-aged and older adults. Those who slept more than 8 hours a night were 46% more likely to suffer a stroke than those who slept between 6 and 8 hours.

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More frightening: People who slept fewer than 6 nightly hours at the start of the study—but later shifted to 8-plus hours—were nearly 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke than people with steady sleep habits.

The study authors are quick to point out that "long sleep" (as they define as sleeping more than 8 hours) probably doesn't cause strokes. Just as smoke signals fire but doesn't cause it, it's likely sleeping more than 8 hours is a sign something's amiss with your health, says study coauthor Yue Leng, a public health researcher at the University of Cambridge.

A big jump in sleep time may be a sign your health is declining, Leng explains. Changes in the way blood flows in your brain could also explain both a shift in your sleep habits and an increased risk for stroke.

Despite these sleep-stroke connections, Leng says everybody's nighttime habits are different. "Sleeping for more than 8 hours does not always mean elevated stroke risk, particularly for young people who are healthy otherwise," Leng adds.

Meaning, don't freak out just because you enjoy a lot of sack time.

But if you're sleeping more than 8 hours, it's a good idea to notify your doctor and keep tabs on other markers of stroke risk—like blood pressure and cholesterol, says the University of Miami's Alberto Ramos, MD, in a Neurologyeditorial about the UK stroke study. That's especially true for older adults who notice a big shift in their sleep habits.

MORE:Scary Signs Sleep Loss Is Messing With Your Mind

Markham Heid Markham Heid is an experienced health reporter and writer, has contributed to outlets like TIME, Men’s Health, and Everyday Health, and has received reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Maryland, Delaware, and D.C.





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