Research Report News Podcast: Exercise and Sleep Could Lower Stroke Risk

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Researchers have found that people who tend to get enough sleep at night and exercise regularly are at a lower risk of suffering a stroke than others. This study examined data from 300,000 adults, and among those who slept 7-8 hours per night  were found to have a  25% reduction in stroke risk. This was compared to people who got either more or less sleep.

The highest risk of stroke was seen among long sleepers or people who spent a minimum of eight hours in bed each night. While these findings do not prove that getting enough sleep can prevent a stroke, it does show a link between stroke risk and getting the right amount of sleep.

These findings were presented at the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) annual meeting on February 18, 2016

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