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Story Updated: Jun 18, 2012
More proof that not getting enough Zs may put your health in danger.
A new study presented at the Sleep 2012 conference looked at sleep data reported by more than 5500 people. The participants -who were 45 years and older- were followed for up to three years.
When the numbers were crunched, healthy people who got fewer than six hours of sleep per night were at greater risk for stroke symptoms, including sudden body weakness or numbness- or deficits in vision.
Those who got the recommended seven or eight hours of shut-eye had little to no increased risk.
This study is the first to specifically look at the affect of sleep debt on people who are normal weight and therefore less likely to have diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or sleep disordered breathing.
Further research is needed to see if the amount of time a person sleeps is related to actual stroke events.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.