High Blood Pressure and Sleep Disorders – A Synopsis of Recent Studies


It’s 3:30am. You’re awake. You’re mentally and physically exhausted, but you can’t go to sleep. Does this sound familiar? How many sheep have you counted at night? How many times have you counted the ceiling tiles in your bedroom? You can’t sleep or you have trouble getting to sleep but you don’t know why. Well, the easiest answer is high blood pressure. High blood pressure is actually linked to sleeping disorders. Why?

Recent studies show sleeping allows the heart to slow down and blood pressure to drop significantly. Depriving the body of its necessary sleep will cause blood pressure to rise.

Many situations in life can cause sleep disorders such as:

– Anxiety

– Depression

– Early or late bedtimes

– Excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption

– High blood pressure

– Illnesses

– Obesity

– Poor sleep environments

– Prolonged daytime napping

– Smoking or chewing tobacco

– Sporadic work schedules

– Stress

– Traveling between time zones

– Use of certain medications

Recent studies show that people who sleep less than six hours per night have more than double the risk for high blood pressure that people who sleep more than six hours per night.

Many situations can cause high blood pressure such as:

– Drinking alcohol

– Excess weight

– Lack of exercise

– Stress

– Tobacco products

– Unhealthy diet

You can prevent the snowball effect of going through sleep disorders by simply following this easy checklist:

– Lose just 10 pounds

– Walk just 30-minutes daily

– Cut back on salt

– Eat fresh fruits and vegetables

– Get assistance to help you quit smoking

– Reduce alcohol consumption

– Learn all you can about high blood pressure and sleeping disorders

If you think you might have a sleeping disorder, answer these questions. Do you:

Fall asleep behind the wheel?

Feel irritable during the day?

Have difficulty concentrating at work, school, or home?

Have difficulty staying awake when sitting still?

Have difficulty with your memory?

Have emotional outbursts?

Often get told by others you look tired?

Perform below your potential in work, sports, or school?

React slowly to people or things?

Require caffeine beverages to keep yourself awake?

Take a nap almost everyday?

Talk to your doctor if you think you have a sleeping disorder. You doctor will diagnose you depending on:

Your age and gender

Your description of symptoms

Your medical history

Your noticeable sleeping habits from others

Your psychological history

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with a sleeping disorder . . . or high blood pressure! Here are some simple ways to help prevent further complications and it’s easy as 1,2,3:

1. Educate yourself about the sleep cycle, sleep stages, and common sleep disorders

2. Develop a healthy sleep routine

3. Talk with your doctor or a sleep specialist about your sleep concerns.

Source by Elle VanHamagansky


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