Poor Sleep-- Higher Blood Pressure: Fitful Nights May Endanger Health

Poor Sleep-- Higher Blood Pressure: Fitful Nights May Endanger Health

Surprisingly, poor sleep can affect your heart. Although 30 percent of U.S. adults suffer from insomnia, many don’t realize that strong evidence links sleep problems with a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes and even death from cardiovascular disease. But what does getting too little shut-eye have to do with our hearts?

Scientists are working hard to understand this link. Some past studies do offer one possibility. They show that poor sleepers have signs of low-grade inflammation in their bodies, which could increase their risk for heart disease and strokes.

Now there’s new evidence from a study that too little good quality sleep may raise our blood pressure—and that’s a well-known, serious threat to the heart. It’s the first study to measure daytime and night blood pressure, using an objective sleep monitor and portable blood pressure recorder to explore any link between sleep and blood pressure in a large, diverse sample of adults with no history of heart problems. The study, published online ahead of print, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. 

Read the full press release from American Psychosomatic Society here

Published Date: 
05/16/2019 - 15:50