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Lack of SLEEP increases risk of STROKE By Paul Fulmer, MD

A recent study out of the University of Alabama in Birmingham has found a four times increased risk of stroke if you get less than 6 hours of sleep a night. They studied 5,666 adults who had no history of stroke, no symptoms and were not at high risk for sleep apnea. Also they had normal BMI (body mass index – a number based on height and weight). So basically these adults were normal healthy individuals who just aren’t getting enough sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation found in May that 30% of working adults get 6 hours or less of sleep a night. We already know that decreased sleep increases your risk of heart attacks, but now even in normal adults their risk of stroke is also significantly increased. This emphasizes the importance of sleep to our cardiovascular system.

So even if you are healthy, workout daily, normal weight and eat right, you can still increase your risk of Stroke and Heart Disease by just not getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. SLEEP is as important as diet and exercise in maintaining your cardiovascular health.

Sleep is a vital part of our daily health and making sure you are getting the rest you need could save your life.

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