Lower Your Blood Pressure With Sleep

It’s thought that sleeping fewer than six hours a night could be linked to increased blood pressure. Even if you try to get a full 8 ours, if the sleep disturbed it can have a damaging effect on your health. Everyone feels better in the mornings if they have slept like a baby, theres nothing better waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. The right sleeping conditions are crucial, good mattress, comfortable pillows, right room temperature and no food at least two hours before bed.

People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure. There’s also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep between five and six hours a night.

It’s thought that sleep helps your blood regulate stress hormones and helps your nervous system remain healthy. Over time, a lack of sleep could hurt your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure.

Sleeping seven to eight hours a night may play a role in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor for tips on getting better sleep, especially if you have high blood pressure.

One possible, treatable cause of your lack of sleep contributing to high blood pressure is obstructive sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which you repeatedly stop and start breathing during sleep. Talk with your doctor if you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, especially if you snore. Obstructive sleep apnea may be the cause, and it can increase your risk of high blood pressure, as well as heart problems and other health issues.

Blood pressure levels naturally rise and fall in a circular pattern throughout the day. They tend to peak in the middle of the afternoon, and reach their lowest points in the middle of the night during one’s deep sleep. Now in this study, the sleep-restricted participants registered an average of 115/64 mm Hg during the nighttime while their well-rested counterparts registered an average of 105/57 mm Hg. In addition to confirming that inadequate sleep limited the anticipated decrease in blood pressure with these figures, the experiment revealed a higher nighttime heart rate in sleep-deprived subjects than those who experienced normal sleep.

Quick tips for a better nights sleep:

1. Leave at least two hours between your last meal and bed.
2. Drink a glass of water before bed.
3. Make sure you have comfortable mattress and pillows, no to soft, not to hard.
4. White noise (ambient app sounds) help some people sleep.
5. Control your exposure to light, make sure its a warm light
6. Get regular exercise during the day
7. Avoid Daytime naps
8. Read or watch TV in bed to help unwind.
9. Sex with a partner can help (especially men)
10.Make sure the room is not to hot, a cooler room is better for sleep.

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