Often, doctors recommend people who are at heightened risk of stroke get some rest, better sleep, and not to overwork. This may, however, be faulty advice according to a new study from the University of Cambridge. In fact, getting more rest may actually increase your stroke risk 46%. But it’s a specific kind of rest that should be avoided.
Researchers used data from 9,692 people from Norfolk, England and followed up about their lifestyle habits and health history for ten years. In that time, 346 people suffered one or more strokes. Interestingly, those who slept more than eight hours per day on the average were 46% more likely to suffer a stroke than those who slept 6-8 hours. Those who slept less than six hours were also slightly more likely to suffer a stroke than the average sleepers.
This shows that although getting a good night’s sleep is important, more is not always better. Rather than sleeping 9-10 hours, use the free time for a light workout, socializing and relaxing in other ways. One thing you can do is lower your blood pressure naturally using a set of 3 easy exercises. Thousands of readers have used these exercises to bring their blood pressure below 120/80 – sometimes the very first day.