In December of last year, I reported on a study that found those who didn't sleep for long enough were 15% more likely to suffer from a stroke within 7-25 years.
Now a new study has reached a similar (if not even more concerning) conclusion.
According to sleep researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the risk of stroke for those who sleep only six hours each night is FOUR TIMES higher than in those who get seven to eight hours of sleep.
What makes this study even more alarming is the fact that researchers excluded those who were overweight and the study only included participants who were at a low risk for obstructive sleep apnea - two risk factors for stroke.
It would therefore appear that there is a direct link between sleep deprivation and stroke risk.
Yet another reason why sleep health needs to be taken far more seriously.
Source: UAB News
Last updated: July 3, 2014