Long sleepers prone to Stroke

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Long sleepers are likely to get stroke as observed in a recent study. The study says a 6 to 7 hours sleep should be combined with 30-60 minutes exercise to reduce the risk of stroke.

The researchers studied the sleeping pattern of about 300,000 U.S and discovered that long sleepers sleeping pattern of 8 hours and above are prone to stroke by 146% while between 6 to 7 hours sleep when combined with rigorous exercise had a minimal report of stroke in the study. Short sleepers (less than 6 hours) had stroke increase of 22%.

‘The highest stroke risk was seen among “long sleepers,” who spent at least eight hours in bed each night. But short sleepers — those who slept less than seven hours each night — also showed an elevated risk.’ says health day reporter Amy Norton

The researchers did not show that long or short sleep caused stroke but only noticed the effects of good exercise on 6 to 7 hours sleep. Most Lagosian employees will find sleeping for 6 to 7 hours almost impossible with busy high roads impediment on way back home and most employer of labour hardly sleep at all.

Sleep is very important and many studies have studied sleep and noticed that it has one thing or the other to do with major parts of the body. A good sleep will help functioning if the kidney, liver,heart, reduces blood pressure,diabetes and so on.

Sleep is regarded as the ‘third pillar’ of life, while balanced diet and exercise are first and second says the lead researchers Azizi Seixas but am of the opinion that sleep takes the second; after balanced diet.
The only difference in this study when compared with others in this regard is that long sleep is associated to stroke. Any sleep of 8 hours and above isn’t beneficial to the body.
For those working on night shift,sleeping during the day is important to gain those lost hours of awake.
The researchers further advised that difficulty in sleeping can be as a result of sleeping disorder -Apnea which requires a visit to the hospital


1. Azizi Seixas, Ph.D., Center for Healthful Behavior Change, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Daniel Lackland, Dr.P.H., professor, neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., and spokesperson, American Stroke Association; Feb. 18, 2016 presentation, American Stroke Association annual meeting, Los Angeles
2.Healthday News
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