According to a recent study, you may be more susceptible to stroke if you have difficulties falling or staying asleep, get up too early most days, or exhibit other symptoms of insomnia.
The study, which monitored over 31,000 adults without a history of stroke for nine years, found that the risk increases with the number of insomnia symptoms you have, particularly if you’re under the age of 50. The study found that older people with greater health issues often have a higher risk of stroke.
Researchers discovered that after accounting for additional risk factors for stroke, those with five to eight symptoms of insomnia had a 51% higher risk of stroke than those without insomnia, according to a statement from the study that was published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
In contrast, those with one to four symptoms had a 16% higher risk of stroke than those without any symptoms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, insomnia symptoms can include difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, waking up too early in the morning, not feeling well rested, daytime sleepiness, anxiety, depression, and irritability.
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Other symptoms of insomnia can include worry about sleep, an increase in errors or accidents, and difficulty concentrating, remembering, or paying attention.
The lead study author and epidemiologist, Wendemi Sawadogo, a researcher at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, said in a statement that knowing which sleep issues are associated with an elevated risk of stroke may allow for earlier treatments or behavioral therapies for people who are having trouble sleeping and possibly reduce their risk of stroke later in life.
Similar findings were made for various varieties of sleep problems in research that was released in April and examined data on over 4,500 individuals.
The results indicated that individuals who routinely obtained seven hours of sleep, the minimum amount advised for adults by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were three times less likely to suffer a stroke than those who slept fewer than five hours a night, which can happen with insomnia.
Oversleeping was also a concern. A twofold increase in the risk of stroke was shown to be associated with sleeping more than nine hours on average.