By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We rarely see stroke occur in people at younger ages but, when we do, it often leads to studies trying to find out why or to at least look for associated conditions.

A report in the journal Stroke has a concerning finding – a link between insomnia and an increased risk of stroke.

A study of over 20,000 patients with insomnia and 64.000 control patients found that those with insomnia had a higher rate of stroke than those with normal sleep habits.

Of particular concern was the incidence rate ratio was highest for those 18–34 years of age.

These findings emphasize the importance of identification and treatment of insomnia.

Before you get too afraid, understand these numbers are low but the important message is that we need to look at all risks and sleep hygiene and prevention of insomnia is a good idea.

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