Every day there is a time frame when you are most likely to have a stroke: Don’t do these 5 things to avoid the risks.

The most stroke-prone time of the day: After waking up in the morning

Early morning is the time most likely to start a stroke. For the following reasons:

– After waking up, our body will change from a lying position to moving. That changes hormones, causing increased heart rate, blood pressure, and arterial tone.

– When you wake up, your body releases adrenaline and stress hormones. From there, it increases blood pressure and the need for oxygen. After one night, the body loses a relatively large amount of water, which causes the blood to become more concentrated, forcing the heart to work harder to pump the blood.

– When high blood pressure increases, the need for oxygen for the myocardium increases, making the myocardium unstable due to the difference in blood pressure, leading to damage to atherosclerotic plaques. At this time, they will activate platelets, causing thrombosis leading to acute ischemic stroke.

– Morning is the time when the body has low levels of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide (NO for short) is an essential factor related to stroke, diabetes… At night is the time when the body needs to consume NO the most; that’s why in the early morning, people often lack NO, leading to strokes.

According to a study published by the American Heart Association, the time from 6 am to 12 noon is when people have a high risk of stroke nearly 80%. In particular, the study found that the onset of ischemic stroke peaks between 6–8 am on workdays and between 8–10 am on holidays. That said, strokes are most likely to occur about 2 hours after waking up.

Five things not to do when you wake up to avoid a stroke

1. Jump up as soon as you wake up

Morning is the time when blood pressure increases; if you jump up as soon as you wake up, your body will not have time to adapt, quickly leading to a stroke.

Doctors advise that after waking up, people should spend a few minutes letting their bodies get used to the new state and be utterly awake before getting out of bed. You can lie in bed and do a few “warm up” movements, gently stretch your legs and arms, rub your face… For people with a history of cardiovascular disease, they need to be even more careful every morning.

2. Going out to exercise too early

Early morning is when the temperature is lowest; exercising at this time can easily cause vasoconstriction, and more dangerously, it can cause myocardial infarction and various cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. It’s best to wait until it’s light out before going out. The afternoon is a safer time to exercise than the morning.

3. Exercise vigorously after waking up

Jogging, climbing stairs, playing badminton, exercising with weights… are good exercises for health, but it is not safe to do them when you first wake up. You should spend at least 30 minutes after waking up to warm up; this will help your joints recover and adapt before starting to practice. It would be best if you practiced slowly, starting with light intensity and then going heavy.

4. Wash your hair in the morning

When the body first wakes up after a long night of sleep, the organs need time to restore and circulate blood. Suppose we immediately wash our hair under cold water. In that case, it will suddenly stimulate the blood vessels in the brain, causing the blood vessels in the scalp to shrink suddenly, and you will feel headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Furthermore, washing your hair early in the morning, when the temperature is the lowest of the day, can easily expose you to toxic wind, causing headaches, dizziness, and, worse, stroke.

If you want to wash your hair in the morning, you should wait until the sun comes up and the weather is warmer. Besides, you need to exercise and rest for at least 30 minutes after waking up before thinking about bathing.

5. Drink diluted salt water when you wake up

Many people drink diluted mosquito juice in the morning because they think it disinfects and kills bacteria inside the mouth. However, that does not mean that you should drink salt water early in the morning because of your diet. Too much salt can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure. This can easily lead to a stroke.

Morning is the “golden period” of health, so after getting up from bed, the next thing you need to do is drink a glass of warm water. This has the role of moisturizing the stomach, purifying the body, starting the intestines, and reducing blood viscosity. Next, you should brush your teeth, urinate and defecate.

In addition, the morning is an excellent time to exercise, go out for fresh air, and finally have a delicious, healthy breakfast. According to nutritionists, eggs, milk, pho, bread,… are good choices for breakfast. Besides, it would be best if you increased your intake of clean foods rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.


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