I've written before that strokes are one of the most serious consequences of chronic insomnia.
Another study has now confirmed this link.
Researchers in Taiwan reviewed the health records from the national population and compared stroke outcomes over a 4-year followup in over 21,000 patients with insomnia and over 64,000 without insomnia.
After adjusting for other factors, the study found that those with insomnia were 54% more likely to suffer from a stroke.
Although researchers found the risk of stroke to increase as people got older, they also found that the link between insomnia and stroke reduced as people got older.
In other words, as we age our stroke risk increases - but this is less likely to be associated with insomnia. Younger insomnia suffers are more at risk than older insomnia sufferers.
To put a number this - those aged 18-34 were found to have an 8-times higher risk of stroke compared to healthy sleepers of a similar age.
Yet another reminder of just how important it is to diagnose (and treat) insomnia - regardless of age.
Last updated: July 3, 2014