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Too much sleep may increase risk of stroke

Getting too much sleep may be as unhealthy

Getting too much sleep may be as unhealthy as getting too little. Photo Credit: Fotolia

A common complaint for people 50 and older is they are not sleeping well. Whether it's having trouble getting to sleep or getting back to sleep after awakening, they say they rarely feel refreshed upon starting their day.

And here's something else to lose sleep over: Getting too much sleep may be as unhealthy as getting too little. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found women ages 50-79 who routinely slept more than nine hours a night were at an increased risk of stroke.

If you're worried you're not getting enough sleep -- or getting too much -- you may want to attend a free seminar Thursday at 6 p.m. at ProHealth in Lake Success. "How to Get a Good Night's Sleep" will be presented by Dr. Lawrence Shulman, the director of ProHealth's sleep medicine department. To register, call 516-608-6840.

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