Individuals with sleep disorders, insomnia and sleep apnea can increase the risks of strokes, suggests a new study from University Hospital Essen in Germany.
The findings from the study published online in the journal Neurology found that people who have had a stroke or a mini-stroke called a transient ischemic attack are screened for sleep troubles.
Study author Dirk Hermann from University Hospital Essen in Germany, “While sleep disorders are common after a stroke, only few stroke patients are tested for them.”
Hermann further added, “The results of our review show that should change, as people with sleep disorders may be more likely to have another stroke or other negative outcomes than people without sleep problems, such as having to go to a nursing home after leaving the hospital.”
The researchers have examined several research studies that found the link between sleep disturbances and strokes. Sleep disorders can be categorized to sleep breathing problems and sleep-wake disorders including insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
Sleep breathing problems are highly associated stroke risk and recovery while Sleep-wake disorders may also increase stroke risk and harm recovery though they are less proofs.
Sleep disorder are associated with stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, organic brain disorders, trauma, physical pain, heavy antibiotics intake et al.
Few of the advices from doctors include psychotherapies, Medication, relaxation, music therapies and self-hypnosis techniques to get natural way of sleep, rather than depending on sleeping pills or alcohol. Stay away from laptops, television, smart phones, video games and social networking during nights that may be the reason for your poor sleep.
Avoid any stimulants such as tea, coffee, sweets, chocolates, nicotine and so on, and rather opt for hot-water bath, warm milk prior to sleeping which improves your Sleep hygiene.
It’s also essential to indulge in physical activities such as yoga or gymming during the daytime to de-stress and relax.