Lack Of Sleep Linked To High Blood Pressure

A recent sleep study conducted at the Pennsylvania State University Medical School found that there was a connection between sleeping problems and high blood pressure.  Individuals who get fewer than five hours of sleep a night are more likely to suffer from hypertension.  Furthermore, lack of sleep is related to higher anxiety and stress levels, which are also linked to higher blood pressure.

It is a vicious cycle – high stress levels typically make it more difficult to sleep, which contributes to hypertension, which leads to more stress and probably more difficulty sleeping.  Moreover, using prescription or OTC medications to combat sleep disorders usually only masks the problem (and those drugs may have other potential negative side effects) instead of solving it, and regular use can lead to long term dependency and an inability to sleep without one’s preferred medication.

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