Sound Sleep And Stroke Prevention

Good habits, including a sound night’s sleep, help to keep our bones healthy. New research suggests that getting the right among of sleep may also lower our risk of stroke.

Cultivating good habits is the best way to prevent health issues from arising. Health and wellness programs emphasize getting enough sleep and exercise, choosing a wholesome diet, and embracing a lifestyle that includes moderate use of alcohol and avoidance of smoking. All of these habits promote healthy bones.

The link between sleep and healthy bones is fairly recent; but other advantages of good sleep habits are well known. Getting six to eight hours of sleep a night is linked to better memory and concentration as well as lowering risks of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. A new research study published this year suggests that our sleeping habits may also affect our risk of stroke.

The study, published in the Neurology journal, followed the sleep habits of 9,700 people, between the ages of 42 and 81, over four years. None of the participants had ever had a stroke. Once participant sleep habits were established, researchers recorded the number of stroke cases in this group over 9 years.

The findings were surprising. Participants who slept between 6 and 8 hours a night were at lower stroke risk than people who slept more than 8 hours every night. In fact, men and women with more than 8 hours of sleep every night were 46 percent more likely to have a stroke than people averaging 6 to 8 sleeping hours each night.

More research is needed to understand the dynamics between extended periods of sleep and increased stroke risk. In the meantime, this research provides one more incentive to make sure we get between six and eight hours of undisturbed sleep every night.

Summit Orthopedics offers proactive wellness services

At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the resources, tools, and expertise you need to achieve your personal fitness goals. Our Summit wellness center is home to proactive wellness classes and training services for you and the whole family. Wellness experts can work with you or your physician to design an exercise program that supports lifelong health through exercise.

Start your journey to a more active self through our wellness services offered at the HealthEast Sports Center. Schedule a free wellness consultation online or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit our Facebook page to learn all about the wellness events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.

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