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Study Reveals Insomnia Increase Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack [VIDEO]

Update Date: Apr 05, 2017 07:12 AM EDT

The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology released a study that shows that adults who suffer insomnia and who are over the age of 45 are about twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke.

Various researches have been made about the relation of insomnia and other health dangers, but this new study proves a more consistent link between lack of sleep and it leading to stroke and heart attack, the Inquisitr reported.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is usually identified as having a difficulty of falling asleep. The new research study pointing out that insomnia increase risk of stroke and heart attack have examined 15 prospective cohort studies and a total of 160,000 people were included in all the studies combined. As the research progressed, it was determined that significant associations of relative risk exist between difficulty maintaining sleep with an average of 18 percent; 11 percent for non-restorative sleep and the risk of stroke as well as a heart attack is 27 percent, the World Health noted on an article.

China Medical University graduate student and author of the study, Qiao he said that sleep take up a third of our sleep and is important for biological recovery, but new reports have been gathered that more and more people are suffering from lack of sleep or insomnia.

The National Sleep Foundation spreads awareness and warns people on the long-term results of sleep deprivation and how it can ultimately affect heart health. For a body to function well, one should get six to eight hours of sleep.

It is also vital to note that women with insomnia increase risk of stroke and heart attack are slightly higher than men. Although the difference between the two does not have a statistical data to prove its significance, author Que said that insomnia is more dangerous for women.

As insomnia is becoming prevalent nowadays, the researchers of the study believe that in order for people to avoid adverse health events from sleeping issues, certain tools like increased awareness of insomnia symptoms and health education should be provided so that people can seek help and find aid from their condition.

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