US researchers analysed data on almost 289,000 people who had been monitored between 2004 and 2013. The participants’ sleep was assessed, as well as their involvement with physical activity, such as walking, cycling and gardening.
The study found that those who got an average amount of sleep – seven to eight hours per night – were 25% less likely to suffer a stroke.
However, the same could not be said if they did not get enough sleep or if they slept for too long. In fact, those who got more than eights hours of sleep per night were 146% more likely to have suffered a stroke, while those who slept for less than seven hours per night were 22% more likely.