A popular phrase read, “Excess of anything is bad,” this same implies to sleep as well. Lack of sleep can cause a lot of health troubles but excess of the same can lead to an increase in the risk of stroke. According to the Director and HOD – Neurology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, Dr Jaideep Bansal, “Not only sleeping less is harmful to the body but excessive sleep is also associated with increased risk of certain diseases including stroke”. 

According to experts, excessive sleep could do more damage than good. Sleeping more than nine hours per night may predispose the person to stroke and increase their risk of stroke by 85 percent. 

Types of Strokes: 

There are mainly five types of strokes, which are: 

  1. Ischemic Stroke
  2. Hemorrhagic Stroke
  3. Transient Ischemic Attack AKA Mini Stroke
  4. Brain Stem Stroke
  5. Cryptogenic Stroke

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Preventive measures and things that can trigger stroke: 

Preventive measures: 

  • Proper and balanced diet
  • Regular diet 
  • Cut down alcohol and smoking
  • Maintain proper lifestyle

Things that can trigger: 

  • Consuming too much junk
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Table salt
  • Processed food

World Stroke Day: 

To raise awareness about stroke and to introduce the ways which can help to reduce the risk of stroke, every year “World Stroke Day” is celebrated at the international level. The day is celebrated on October 29, annually. 

The day was established in 2004 at the World Stroke Congress in Vancouver, Canada by Dr Vladimir Hachinski. Around the same time, the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation merged to form the World Stroke Organisation, which is responsible for the management of the day.

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