Can insomnia raise the risk of stroke?

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A new Taiwan study stated that people who suffer from lack of sleep might have a higher chance of having a stroke. A majority of the young crowd falls into this category. People between the age groups of 18 to 34 are eight times more likely to suffer strokes if they have insomnia than their peers who have a good amount of sleep. Insomniacs also tend to suffer from other dangerous factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is believed that people who suffer from insomnia have other health issues which results in increasing the risk of having a stroke. Doctors believe that when one does not get enough sleep over and over again, it generates other risky factors like high blood glucose and high blood pressure. Whereas on the contrary, a good sleep of 7-9 hours helps the body coordinate blood pressure, manage hormones and reduce stress.

Insomnia basically means that someone has a difficulty getting sleep. In UK, it is seen that one in three people have trouble sleeping. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, around 30% of the US population has insomnia.

Late night partying or late night studying among the youngsters is leaving them with a greater risk of stroke due to insufficient sleep. This kind of lifestyle affects our cardiovascular health. This only causes inflammation, increase in blood pressure and impairing glucose levels. Doctors say that this doesn’t start at the age of 50 or 60 but right from the beginning of your life.

The Taiwan study concluded that to reduce the risk of stroke effectively, health education should be promoted to get individuals to be aware of insomnia symptoms at a young age, to treat it, and to track its patterns, especially for younger adults. Regardless, of the link between the sleeping disorder and stroke, one can simply reduce the chances of having stroke by adapting a healthier way of life by merely having good food, not smoking, exercising on a regular basis and getting enough sleep.