Thursday 8 December 2016

Sleep reduces the risk of stroke

Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30

Sleep is important in stroke prevention.
Sleep is important in stroke prevention.

Around 10,000 people in Ireland have a stroke annually. Now, new research suggests that getting a good night's sleep and exercising several times a week can significantly cut the risk of stroke.

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Experts found that sleeping for seven to eight hours a night and taking 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three to six times a week produced the maximum benefits for preventing a stroke.

But sleeping for a longer or shorter amount of time increased the risk people would suffer, they said. Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine presented their findings at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference.Those who slept seven to eight hours a night were 25pc less likely to have experienced a stroke.

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