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Sleep disorders: factors of stroke • Mirror Daily

Take a good sleep! Don’t ignore sleep disordes!

(Mirror Daily, United States) Modern people nowadays complain because of the lack of time, because of the stress at work, and the list can go on. In most cases, what they are looking for is a quiet moment for themselves, so that they could get some sleep.  Also, they might want to pay attention to sleep disorders.

What are sleep disorders? How do they appear and how do they manifest? Sleep disorders have to do with how much sleep you get: either too much or too little.

New research led by specialists show that people who have already suffered strokes must be even more careful because sleep disorders are considered to be a factor for stroke. So they can suffer from another one sooner than they would expect.

Sleep disorders also make the process of recovering from a stroke more difficult. Sleep quality is crucial during recovery, so this is another point that should be taken into consideration.

Doctor Dirk M. Hermann conducted a research on the matter. His team’s work resulted in  29 studies, analyzing the problem with the help of 2,343 patients.

There are two main situations, as German professor Hermann points out: the patients either stop breathing for short moments while sleeping, either can’t sleep at all (and such is the case of insomniacs, or of people who tend to move their feet during sleep).

The researchers also found that the first case is more harmful to people who suffer from strokes: the sleep disorders related to the way in which we breath affects people before the actual strokes, according to the latest study.

Doctor Hermann thinks that regular medication for individuals who suffer from sleep disorders are not adequate for people suffering from strokes too. He feels the need of several tests to be carried out to come up with another solution.

The lead researcher gives more explanations on how the risk of stroke and its recovery are connected to sleep quality, and how the brain contributes to it:

“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.”

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