Did You Know Insomnia May Increase Your Risk for Stroke?

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When you think about improving your health, what do you think about? Typically, people only focus on their diet and exercise routines and don’t think about their sleeping habits. There are millions of people who aren’t getting enough sleep, and it can significantly impact their health. People who can’t fall asleep may be suffering from a common sleep disorder known as insomnia, which can be caused by a number of factors, one of which is sleep apnea.

Consequences of having insomnia include a lack of energy, inability to think clearly, and constantly feeling tired. Research has also revealed that insomnia is strongly linked to enlarged arteries, high blood pressure, and high sugar levels. All of these factors can contribute to increasing your chances for a stroke.

A recent study entitled, “Insomnia Subtypes and the Subsequent Risks of Stroke”, published in the American Heart Association’s medical journal Stroke, revealed that people with insomnia, especially if they are diabetic, are eight times more likely to suffer a stroke over four years than participants with normal sleeping habits.
Insomniacs were also 54 percent more likely to be hospitalized after experiencing a stroke.

If insomnia goes untreated, it can lead to chronic irritability and depression. Here are some signs you may be suffering from insomnia:

  • Inability to fall asleep at night
  • Falling asleep briefly and waking up
  • Waking up in the middle of the night or too early in the morning
  • Feeling like you didn’t get any sleep at all

If you’re having trouble falling asleep and it’s starting to affect your health, Dr. Jerry Strauss will evaluate your signs and symptoms and confer with your physician to see what options are available for you. Should sleep apnea be the cause of your insomnia, our New Jersey cosmetic dentist offers a variety of sleep dentistry options that can improve your ability to sleep. Please contact our office today for more information if you are interested.