Waky Waky! – People who sleep more than eight hours are more likely to have a stroke


Sleep to death…

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day are more likely to have a stroke, research has shown – but experts do not know the reason why.

A study of nearly 10,000 people carried out at the University of Cambridge found that those who took eight hours on average had a 46 per cent higher than average risk of having a stroke.

The study is published in the medical journal Neurology.

Lack of sleep has been linked with disruptions to the body’s metabolism and can also raise the levels of the so-called stress hormone, cortisol, both of which could lead to higher blood pressure and raise the likelihood stroke. Why too much sleep could have a similar outcome remains a mystery.

“The known risk factors [for stroke] include high blood pressure, smoking and lack of exercise,” she said. “Eating healthily, getting active and quitting smoking can make a big difference in reducing your risk of stroke.”

“Sleep also die. Don’t sleep also die, “ said George Tong, 78 a Tai Chi exponent.

“Like that how?”

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