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Lack of sleep link

Recently I reviewed studies for My Blood Glucose that strongly link lack of sleep to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Now a study has shown that lack of sleep can increase your blood pressure.

I love getting 7 to 8 hours sleep a night.:) But, I know this is not easy for everyone. When Steve was first diagnosed with high blood pressure at hospital he was averaging less than 6 hours a night.

Video: Good tips for a good night’s sleep

I like this video’s common sense tips for getting a good night sleep, even for those who do not have a sleeping disorder.

The sleep study

The researchers tracked 578 adults, aged between 33 and 45 years, who had their blood pressure tracked over a 5 year period.

The scientists also measured how long each person slept using a sensor on the wrist that monitors rest and activity throughout the study. The patients were asked about their sleep quality and quantity.

The study results

The people in the study slept an average of 6 hours each night. This seemed to be the norm for the group. Only 7 people had 8 or more hours of sleep each night.

The study found that sleeping less than 7 to 8 hours a night on a regular basis increased the risk for high blood pressure.

The less sleep the person had, the more likely they were to have an increase in their blood pressure. For each hour of missed sleep, the chance of developing high blood pressure increased by 37% over five years. Missing 2 hours sleep raised the blood pressure risk by 86%.

Conclusions …

The researchers concluded that reduced sleep increased the risk of high blood pressure. Getting a good night’s sleep should be seen as just as important as diet and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. They suggest the need for a study to investigate whether helping people to increase sleep will reduce high blood pressure.

The study from the University of Chicago was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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One Response to “Lack of sleep linked to hypertension”

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Kellie, I am pleased to say that I do now get 7 to 8 hours per night, and feel much better for it compared to when I only got 5 to 6 hours!

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