Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sleep - reducing stroke risk, boosting recovery

I know people who wish they didn't have to sleep so much. Sometimes I wish that, thinking how much more I can accomplish.

Then you read stories like this, linking sleep problems to stroke risk, recovery:
In addition, sleep problems can affect recovery from a stroke, according to the report.
Sleep disorders seen in stroke patients include restless legs syndrome, which is when a person has uncomfortable sensations and the irresistible urge to move the legs, particularly in the evening, along with periodic leg kicks and jerking at night. Restless legs syndrome may contribute to sleep disturbances and reduced sleep quality, the study authors noted.
"After a stroke, sleep has restorative functions for your brain," Hermann said. "Sleep is important for the ability of the neurons [brain cells] to connect, and after a stroke, these neurons have to reconnect to compensate for the lost function. This explains why disturbed sleep affects recovery from stroke," he said.
Maybe I'll just enjoy my generally uninterrupted slumber after all. And seriously, if you think you're having problems sleeping, see your doctor.

(Photo from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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