Sunday, October 21, 2012

One cause of hypertension is Sleep Deprivation

Everyone needs enough sleep, because if less will impact health. The study found people who sleep less may develop high blood pressure.

People who lack sleep are usually often make mistakes and get irritated in the morning. Turns out it's not only limited consequences. Over time, people who often lack of sleep can contribute to high blood pressure.

When someone is going through a phase of sleep brain waves known as slow-wave sleep. Phase of sleep is considered restorative and has proven important for memory and mental performance of a person.

The study involving 784 participants found those who spent less slow-wave sleep than 4 percent have 83 percent higher chance of developing high blood pressure (hypertension).

"These results demonstrate the important aspect of quality sleep with the risk of high blood pressure, and older people tend to have less slow-wave sleep stages as we age," said Eve Van Cauter, director of the Sleep, Metabolism, and Health Center at the University of Chicago, as quoted from Healthland.

Formerly known that sleep problems related to high blood pressure. Sleep apnea and chronic disorder makes a person awake and struggling for breath a couple of times in the evening, the condition is strongly associated with increased blood pressure.

Dr. Susan Redline are involved in the study and associate professor at Harvard Medical School said there are several things you can do to help people sleep longer and deeper like going to sleep and waking up at the same time, avoiding alcohol and tobacco before sleeping and wash up (sleep hygiene).

"But the most important thing to avoid the lack of sleep is not a disturbance during sleep such as sleep apnea, snoring or periodic leg movements," said Dr. Redline.

While high blood pressure is a condition that can cause a variety of complications if not handled properly, especially cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

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