Amount of sleep and exercise could reduce risk of stroke


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Your risk of suffering a stroke can be significantly reduced by sleeping for between seven and eight hours each night, and exercising for 30 to 60 minutes, three to six times a week, according to research.

However, if you sleep for less than seven hours, or more than eight hours, the risk of a stroke increases, the findings indicate.

The research was carried out by a team from the New York University School of Medicine, who looked at data taken from 288,888 adults between 2004 and 2013.

The analysis took into account factors such as age, ethnicity, lifestyle and health, as well as exercise levels.

People who slept for the average amount of time (seven to eight hours per night) had a 25 per cent reduced risk of suffering from a stroke.




However, those who slept more than eight hours per night had a 146 per cent increased risk of experiencing a stroke. For those who slept for less than seven hours per night, they had a 22 per cent increased risk of a stroke.

For the greatest protection against stroke, the researchers concluded that you should complete at least half an hour of exercise, a minimum of three times a week.

Behind heart disease and cancer, strokes are the third most common cause of death in England, with approximately 110,000 people suffering from a stroke each year.

The team presented its findings in Los Angeles at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference.

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