Sleep Problems Linked to Stroke Risk

May 12, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Ideal Home Care

A recent study indicates that sleep disorders are linked to increased stroke risk. Sleep-breathing problems like sleep apnea have the strongest association to stroke risk. However, sleep-wake disorders, such as hypersomnia, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome could also raise the threat of a stroke. In addition to increasing the risk of first-time stroke, sleep difficulties can also affect recovery, outcomes, and the possibility of recurrence for people who have already suffered a stroke.


Researchers reviewed data from multiple studies that focused on the sleep-stroke connection. The study authors recommend increased testing for sleep disorders especially for recovering stroke patients. In addition to stroke, sleep disorders have been linked to other health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and weight gain.


Source: Hermann D, Bassetti C. Role of sleep-disordered breathing and sleep-wake disturbances for stroke and stroke recovery. Neurology, Sept 2016; 87(13): 1407-1416.

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