Lack of Sleep Elevates Stroke Risk

Sleep issues are top of the news today, as the USA Today and other outlets published the findings of a new study about sleep and stroke risk.

The new research, conducted at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, found that working adults who routinely sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to suffer a stroke.  This is particularly important, as 30-percent of Americans get less than six hours per night.  The findings of the research were presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

Researchers who conducted the study say the reason stroke risk is heightened is that the body is stressed due to lack of rest.