Too Much or Too Little Sleep Can Give Rise to Stroke

While sleeping is natural for living beings a new study has come forward with findings that suggest that not getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep may increase the risk of a person suffering from stroke.

The said study was published in Neurology and it sheds light on the importance of healthy sleeping patterns in human beings.

According to the study both oversleeping and insomnia may increase the risk of the disease where the brain’s blood supply is cut off. Recent times have seen a growth in evidence by researchers that show that sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, are linked to the risk of getting a stroke as well as to the recovery time after suffering from a stroke. It is being advised that individuals who have suffered from a mini-stroke or a stroke should be screened for any sleep disorders.

This advice is being shared by researchers due to the results of the recent study. There is a chance that such people might be suffering from sleep disorders they might not even know of or don’t think are too serious to demand medical intervention. 

The author of the current study, Dr. Dirk Herman, of University Hospital Essen (Germany) has said that, “Although sleep disorders are common after a stroke, very few stroke patients are tested for them. The results of our review show that should change, as people with sleep disorders may be more likely to have another stroke or other negative outcomes than people without sleep problems, such as having to go to a nursing home after leaving the hospital.”


The researchers of the study also went on to say that sleep apnea should be treated with a CPAP or constant positive airway pressure machine. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which the throat of a person constricts while they are asleep. The long term consequences of sleep apnea are said to be linked to diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure. Also the risk of sleep apnea is four times greater in overweight or obese individuals when compared to people of normal weight.

The evidence from the study says that using CPAP can also help a person recover in an improved fashion after suffering from a stroke. Numerous studies were examined by researchers in order to observe the link present between strokes and sleep disturbances. The data from these studies was combined into a meta-analysis.

All of the sleep disorders are put under two categories: Sleep-wake disorders and Sleep breathing problems. The Sleep-wake disorders, including restless leg syndrome and insomnia, have a negative effect on how long a person can sleep peacefully. Sleep breathing problems, which includes sleep apnea, disturb proper breathing during sleep. 


While sleep breathing problems showed a link to increasing the risk of suffering from a stroke and decreasing the recovery rate after suffering from one, less evidence was found that could prove how sleep-wake disorders could also play a similar role. That’s why researchers showed caution when recommending that people should try and treat sleep-wake disorders through medication due to possible side effects that might occur.

The new study suggests that by improving sleep patterns a person can improve their lifestyle by reducing the risk of heart related problems. Those who suffer from sleep breathing problems should find proper treatment in order to reduce the risk of suffering from stroke.

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Article by: Douglas Norman

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