Here’s an article about increasing rates of strokes in younger people. Rates of stroke in people ages 20 to 55 increased from 12.9 to 18.6% from 1994 to 2005. Researchers site the usual reasons for stroke, including bad diets, lack of exercise, and obesity. Nowhere does it mention anything about obstructive sleep apnea, which is always something to think about for anyone who suffers from a stroke. In a recent study from Sweden, 50% of women aged 20 to 70 were found to have obstructive sleep apnea. In the US, with increased rates of obesity, this figure is likely to be much higher. There are many different reasons for obstructive sleep apnea raising your risk of stroke, but one important thing to remember is that blood is much thicker in people with sleep apnea. This makes blood more susceptible to clot in various parts of your body, including your brain.
If you had a stroke at a young age, do you have sleep problems?