Increase of sleep problems may increase chances of stroke, says study

Galway: A study has revealed that an increase in sleep problems can increase your chances of suffering from paralysis.

According to a new study, snoring, loud breathing from the nostrils, sleeping more during the day, waking up at night or getting less or too much sleep can worsen sleep quality and increase the risk of stroke.

According to Christine McCarthy, the author of the study from the University of Galway in Ireland, people who have more than five of these symptoms may have a five-fold increased risk of suffering from stroke than those who do not have sleep problems.

Kristen Natson, associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, who was not part of the study, said the findings were consistent with past research that found a link between inadequate sleep and elevated blood pressure and blood vessel dysfunction, which are considered to be factors for stroke.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, looked at data from more than 4,500 participants in the Interstroke study. The international study was based on people who have suffered from stroke.

About 1,800 people involved in the study had the most common type of stroke in which the veins going to the brain are closed. Another 439 people had a hemorrhage in which the veins or arteries of the brain burst and as a result, blood flowed to the brain tissues.

According to Dr. Phyllis Xie of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (who was also not part of the study), poor sleep can affect natural blood pressure (which occurs at night) and play a role in hypertension (which is a dangerous factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease).



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