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Insomniacs could be at increased risk for severe health complications

Researchers found that lack of sleep could lead to more than just fatigue

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A new study conducted by researchers from the American Heart Association found that consumers who suffer with insomnia could also be at greater risk for more serious health concerns. 

The researchers discovered that insomnia can increase the risk for consumers to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke. 

Understanding the risk factors

The researchers took a genetic approach to better understand how insomnia can lead to more serious health issues. 

Using medical records from over one million participants enrolled in public studies, the researchers were able to test their genetic make-up to see if certain diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, were more likely when insomnia was present. 

During their tests, the researchers found that those who had a specific gene that predisposed them to insomnia were also more likely to develop heart disease or be at risk for a stroke. 

These findings emphasize the need for consumers suffering from insomnia to seek out medical professionals to help get to the bottom of this pervasive condition and prevent any serious health episodes. 

“It’s important to identify the underlying reason for insomnia and treat it,” said researcher Susanna Larsson, PhD. “Sleep is a behavior that can be changed by new habits and stress management.”

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