Stroke risk doubles with longer sleeps

According to the study by the University of Cambridge, this risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than the average of eight hours a night.

For those whose sleep patterns increased from short to long over time, the risk was close to four times that of people who maintained an average sleep pattern.

Yue Leng, from the university, said: “It’s apparent both from our own participants and the wealth of international data that there’s a link between sleeping longer than average and a greater risk of stroke.

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