Stroke Risk Increases by Sleep Deprivation

SleepA study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham has unveiled that less than six hours of sleep may risk a person of getting a stroke at some point in their life, according to a recent report.

"People know how important diet and exercise are in preventing strokes. The public is less aware of the impact of insufficient amounts of sleep. Sleep is important — the body is stressed when it doesn't get the right amount", says Megan Ruiter, lead author.

Strokes are one of the four leading causes of deaths in the USA, the report says, and are caused by restriction of blood flow to the brain.

A report by the National Sleep Foundation has found that while in 2001, 38% of people said that they slept for more than 8 hours. The rates have decreased by 10% in recent years.

Reena Pande, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, has told that not only obese, but people of normal weight are also at four times increased risk of cardiovascular events due to sleep deprivation than people who take sufficient sleep.