The new study included 31,126 people. Their average age was 61 years. None of the participants had a history of stroke at the start of the study. Participants were followed by experts for an average of nine years.
The link between sleep problems (insomnia symptoms) and stroke was found to be stronger in people under 50. People with 5-8 sleep problems were almost 4 times more likely to have a stroke than people without these symptoms. Of the 458 people under the age of 50 who showed 5-8 symptoms, 27 suffered a stroke. Again, people aged 50 years and older with 5-8 symptoms were 38% more likely to have a stroke than those without sleep problems. Of the 654 people aged 50 and over with 5 to 8 symptoms, 33 had a stroke.
All this means that treating insomnia at a younger age may be one way to prevent stroke.
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