SENIORS: Is THIS nighttime problem WRECKING your brain?!
“I’m just closing my eyes.”
Everyone’s famous last words before crashing into a deep sleep – only to wake up hours later wondering what day it is.
Getting an afternoon nap in after an exhausting day may sound like a dream…
But if you have consistent daytime tiredness, it is a good sign you’re not sleeping well at night.
I’ll show you why that’s a BIG problem.
Then, I’ll show you how to FIX IT!
How “bad sleep” INCREASES your stroke risk
New research reveals a frightening connection between sleep and your stroke risk…
You see, in a new study published in the journal Neurology, 31,750 participants were given sleep questionnaires and followed for 6.2 years.
Researchers saw that 23.9 percent of participants slept for an average of 9 hours each night, and 7.9 percent took long midday naps – which spells trouble with a capital “T.”
Results showed that sleeping more than 9 hours a day or taking midday naps could increase your stroke risk by nearly 25 percent!
Not to mention:
- Those with poor sleep quality had a 29 percent higher risk of stroke;
- Participants who were longer nappers and long sleepers were a shocking 85 percent more likely to have a stroke;
- Those who were long sleepers and had poor quality sleep had an 82 percent increased stroke risk; and
- Participants who went from being moderate sleepers to longer sleepers boosted their stroke risk by 44 percent.
See, too much sleep has been linked to brain lesions – known as white matter hyperintensities. These lesions raise your risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and stroke.
So what can you do?
First, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to stay on a routine bedtime and wakeup schedule.
And second, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor. If you’re having trouble sleeping, he may recommend a sleep diary to monitor your cycle, among other tests and therapies.