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Sleep Deprivation could Lead to Stroke, Study


Sleep Deprivation could Lead to Stroke, Study

(epharmanews) - Middle aged and older adults who sleep for less than six hours a night have an increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted this study of 5,666 people followed for up to three years. The participants had no history of stroke, transient ischemic attack, stroke symptoms or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at the start of the study.

Researchers recorded the first stroke symptoms, along with demographic information, stroke risk factors, depression symptoms and various health behaviors. After adjusting for body-mass index (BMI), they found a significant association with daily sleep periods of less than six hours and a greater incidence of stroke symptoms for middle-age to older adults, even beyond other risk factors. The study found no association between short sleep periods and stroke symptoms among overweight and obese participants.  

“In employed middle-aged to older adults, relatively free of major risk factors for stroke such as obesity and sleep-disordered breathing, short sleep duration may exact its own negative influence on stroke development,” said lead author Megan Ruiter, PhD. “We speculate that short sleep duration is a precursor to other traditional stroke risk factors, and once these traditional stroke risk factors are present, then perhaps they become stronger risk factors than sleep duration alone.”

Researchers think that a short sleeping period is the first of other known risk factors of stroke. Further research may support the results, providing a strong argument for increasing physician and public awareness of the impact of sleep as a risk factor for stroke symptoms, especially among persons who appear to have few or no traditional risk factors for stroke, commented Dr. Ruiter.

“Sleep and sleep-related behaviors are highly modifiable with cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches and/or pharmaceutical interventions,” Ruiter added. “These results may serve as a preliminary basis for using sleep treatments to prevent the development of stroke.”


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