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  • Writer's pictureDr. Monique J. Caruth, PT, DPT

How Does Sleep Affect Your Blood Pressure?

Sleep 🛌 And Your Blood Pressure 🩺

Did you know that getting adequate sleep is essential for your body to function well and to maintain a healthy blood pressure?

Lack of quality sleep can interfere with your body’s natural ability to restore and repair your cardiovascular system, which can lead to havoc in your blood pressure numbers.

To ensure your cardiovascular health is in check, you should make sure you are getting the recommended hours of restful sleep each night.

Studies show that sleeping five to six hours a night can increase the risk of hypertension. Furthermore, chronic sleep deprivation increases the risk of high blood pressure over time. This is why it is so important to prioritize adequate and restful sleep.

If you are having trouble getting quality sleep, make sure to seek advice from a healthcare professional. They can help you create a customized plan to ensure you’re getting the rest you need.

At the end of the day, making sure you are getting enough restful sleep can have long-term benefits for your cardiovascular health. Don’t ignore the importance of getting adequate sleep--it could make a huge difference!

Knowing Your Numbers:

On an electronic blood pressure machine, the top number is your systolic blood pressure, the middle reading is your diastolic blood pressure and the bottom reading is your heart rate/pulse indicating how fast your heart is beating.

Normal Blood Pressure: systolic less than 120: diastolic less than 80

At risk for high blood pressure: systolic 120-139 and diastolic 80-89.

High blood pressure: systolic 140 or higher and diastolic 90 or higher.

If you are experiencing abnormal readings, please consult with a healthcare professional to better assist you.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a stroke and other organ damage such as your kidneys.

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