Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Study Establishes Link between Insomnia and Stroke Risk Among Young Adults
According to a latest study conducted in Taiwan, adults—especially younger adults—face an increased stroke risk if they are suffering from insomnia.
The study comprised a large sample size where participants were studied over a four-year period. Researchers working on the study observed that insomnia increased the likelihood of a person being hospitalized because of stroke by nearly 54%.
This risk was found to be eight times higher among those in the age bracket of 18 years to 34 years, in contrast to those in the same age group who slept sufficiently.
According to Dr Demetrius Lopes, who is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, a lot of attention is given to factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or obesity when people talk about the risk of stroke. But the relation between getting a healthy sleep routine and the risk of stroke has been underrated, especially since it is now being established that this aspect can harm people, especially those who are still young.
The new study comprised health records of people that were randomly selected in Taiwan. Of these, over 21,000 people were known to suffer from insomnia and 64,000 did not suffer from the problem. None of the people selected for the study had any earlier sleep apnea or stroke diagnosis.
During follow-ups in the fourth year, the study recorded that 583 insomniacs were admitted to the hospital after a stroke, and among the non-insomniacs, this figure was 962. Researchers took into account a number of factors to conclude that patients with a history of insomnia faced a higher stroke risk.
However, the study did not prove—in this case—a cause and effect.