Too Much Sleep Can Give You A Stroke, According To Study

If you are a fan of pressing the snooze button on your alarm clock and sleeping in until midday, then you might want to listen up because have we got news for you.

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, used more than three million participants from 1970 to 2017, and found that people who had more than 10 hours of sleep a night had a much higher chance of having a stroke.

Well, that's waaaay more than what we're currently having. A solid six is good going. We would have no social life if we lived by this rule and, let's face it, when would we catch up with Netflix?

The study claims that 10-hour kips increased the chances of death from stroke by 56 percent and heart disease by 49 per cent.

The researchers from Keele, Manchester, East Anglia and Leeds universities reviewed 74 studies in total.

Lead researcher, Dr Chun Shing Kwok, said: "Our study has an important public health impact in that it shows that excessive sleep is a marker of elevated cardiovascular risk.

"Our findings have important ­implications as clinicians should have greater consideration for exploring sleep duration and quality in ­consultations.

"If excessive sleep patterns are found, particularly prolonged ­durations of eight hours or more, then clinicians should consider screening for adverse ­cardiovascular risk factors and ­obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep."

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Dr Kwok, who is the clinical lecturer in ­cardiology at Keele, added: "This research began because we were ­interested to know if it was more harmful to sleep below or beyond the recommended sleep ­duration of seven to eight hours.

"We further wanted to know how incremental deviation from ­recommended sleep duration altered risk of mortality and cardiovascular risk. Sleep affects everyone. The amount and quality of our sleep is complex.

"There are cultural, social, ­psychological, ­behavioural, pathophysiological and environmental influences on our sleep.

"These include the need to care for children or family, irregular working shift patterns, physical or mental illness, and the 24-hour availability of commodities in modern society."

So there it is, we need to sort out a 9-5 job, steer clear of any illnesses and kids are out of the question.

We might want to rethink that afternoon nap, too...

Words by Haleema Khokhar

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