Poor Sleep Associated With Higher Blood Pressure

Can reduced sleep time or poor quality sleep increase blood pressure? Researchers have analyzed the associations between sleep behavior and BP in more than 500 adults in mid-life. After adjusting for confounders, short sleep hours predicted significantly increased odds of hypertension over 5 years. Lower sleep duration predicted higher systolic and diastolic BP.

PositiveTip: Getting adequate sleep every night may help lower your blood pressure. Remember: sleep is even easier than exercise!