Too much sleep linked to stroke

Study finds sleeping more than eight hours could raise risk of stroke

Adults who sleep more than eight hours a night may face a higher risk of stroke, according to a study published in Neurology.

Researchers found that long sleepers were 46% more likely to have a stroke than those who got only six to eight hours of sleep a night, reports CBS News about the study.

It’s unclear if sleeping longer is a cause, consequence or early warning sign of declining brain health, the report notes.

Further, they found, people whose sleep pattern changed from sleeping less than six hours a night to more than eight hours a night were four times more likely to suffer a stroke than those who consistently got an average amount of sleep.

Researchers said the message definitely is not to cut sleep to reduce stroke risk. Adequate sleep is crucial for good health.

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