Excessive Sleep

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sleeping more than eight hours a day may be associated with a higher risk for stroke, a study has found. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the study and its conclusions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

While sleep deprivation has its health consequences, excessive sleep may also lead to health issues, according to researchers.

A study was conducted of more than 9,500 adults between the ages of 42 and 81. The study tracked how many hours a night the people slept at the beginning of the study and how much nightly sleep they were getting four years later. Over the 10-year study, 346 of the study subjects suffered strokes.

Researchers concluded that older adults who sleep more than eight hours a night are more likely to have a stroke than those who sleep for six to eight hours, which is considered the average amount of sleep.

Furthermore, people whose sleep patterns changed from sleeping less than six hours to more than eight hours a night were almost four times as likely to have a stroke compared to people who consistently slept an average amount.

Researchers have yet to determine whether long sleep is a cause or an early marker of poor health.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.