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Sleep Well To Avoid Risk To Strokes!

Sleep Well To Avoid Risk To Strokes!

Sleeplessness or insomnia is becoming increasingly common among youth adults today. Stress in work place and irregular diet contributes to lack of sleep. Our change in lifestyle is making us prone to cardiovascular disorders, hypertension due to increased cholesterol levels, heart function defects and risk to stroke. In an American Heart Journal, Stroke the findings of the same are published. The study was led by research team in The Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in Taiwan.

Sleep Well To Avoid Risk To Strokes!

Professor Ya-Wen Hsu and his team have compared health records of 21,000 people with insomnia and 64,000 without in Taiwan. This study for a period of four years has convincing results to believe that insomnia increases the risk to stroke by 54%. It is also found that people with persistent insomnia are more prone than ones with intermittent.  A leading cardiologist, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum from Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City has stated that, “We’ve seen that people who have sleep issues have other health factors that increase their risk for stroke. This one behavioral issue, insomnia, has all these multiple factors associated with it that lead to an increased risk of stroke.” Insomnia is associated with other health problems like diabetes or increase in blood glucose level. Stress related to lack of a good nights’ sleep makes us more prone to hypertension and disrupts the balance of hormones in our body. Health officials and researchers have observed and proved that this is a viscous cycle where lack of sleep reoccurs again.

Earlier it was thought that stroke is an old age problem but we have results now to tell otherwise. The American Heart Association study is convincing enough that we underrate a good sleep routine without thinking of the harm it does to us. Good lifestyle is a medication free way of living and good sleep is an essential part of it!

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