Can too little sleep cause a stroke?

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Can too little sleep cause a stroke?

How much sleep one needs has been a question asked for decades. What happens in the long run when you do not sleep enough? How much sleep do we need?

In 2015, Patyar et al. found that too much or too little sleep but one at risk of a stroke. This is quite frightening but remember correlation is not causation. If you sleep 4 hours or less a night or if you sleep 10 hours or more a night, you are 50% more likely to die from a stroke than people who sleep 7 hours a night. More studies have been conducted on 150000 people showing that 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night led to the lowest risk of stroke whereas those sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 9 had a higher chance.

Therefore, too much or too little sleep can increase the chance of dying from a stroke. Furthermore, sleep duration does not directly affect whether or not you have a stroke (still yet to be proven), and remember, strokes have many different causes, but why not reduce the risk if you are able to and aim for 7 to 8 hours.

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