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Stroke risk from daytime dozing

22nd February 2008

A study in New York has found the risk of stroke went up fourfold in those who dozed off inadvertently during the day.

The study asked 2,000 people how often they dozed off in different situations, including whilst watching TV or after a lunch without alcohol.

According to the research, risk of stroke over the next two years was 2.6 times greater in people who reported 'some dozing' compared to those who did not doze.  For those who reported 'significant dozing' the risk was 4.5 times higher.

Dr Bernadette Boden-Albala, assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University, New York, said: "Those are significant numbers. We were surprised that the impact was that high for such a short period of time".

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