Lack of deep sleep contributes to high blood pressure

Lack of ‘slow wave sleep’ , according to a study conducted and published in Hypertension, can negatively affect blood pressure. While sleeping, during the ‘slow wave sleep’ stage your body restores it’s energy levels by lowering the heart rate, slowing breathing and lowering the blood pressure level. If your blood pressure remains at regular level as during your ‘awake’ hours, it may damage your blood vessels, according to Dr S Redline, Professor of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Previous studies have shown that when people get less than 6 hours of sleep per night, it can increase the risk of high blood pressure. If people wake-up frequently, due to sleep apnea, medications, or other health issues and cannot fall back asleep

Too little deep sleep may also affect the brain to work less efficiently- the parts that control the release of certain hormones and other substances related to maintaining proper blood pressure. Sleep quality has a direct effect on your blood pressure . High blood pressure is a silent killer and leads to serious diseases and illnesses !

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