People who show early symptoms of high blood pressure can get back to normal just by stretching their sleep and going to bed an hour earlier than they normally do, say researchers.
The study was concentrated on people who have borderline high blood pressure readings and who sleep for only seven or less hours in a day. As per this study, sleeping an hour before the usual time will help to control high blood pressure.
Researchers came to know that people who showed early symptoms of high blood pressure may get back to normal readings in a matter of just six weeks if they slept for one hour extra every night. The study conducted by the Harvard Medical School in Boston USA on women and men who slept for seven or less hours and showed borderline readings of high blood pressure.
Though various drugs are accessible on the NHS, more than 50percent of the patients have ‘Poorly controlled’ blood pressure, which would mean that the readings are in the danger zone of 140mmHg/90mmHg. This reading shows the force exerted by the arteries when heart pumps and relaxes.
Stressful lifestyle and lack of sleep increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. Recent study is the first of its kind wherein it has been proven that high blood pressure can be controlled by just increasing the duration of sleep. For the study researchers 22 middle aged women and men were selected. They showed blood pressure readings which are not very high but were on the threshold of reaching dangerous levels. Volunteers on whom the study was conducted informed that they slept for seven or lesser hours.
Among the participants, 13 persons were instructed to sleep for an hour more than their normal sleeping hours. Rest of the participants were told to follow their old pattern of sleep. All the participants wore monitors for getting the blood pressure checked all through the day. They all underwent urine and blood investigation as well.
Volunteers in the extended sleep group managed to sleep for 35 minutes beyond their normal time. Blood pressure of these participants dropped drastically by eight to 14 mmHg. It is believed that lack of proper sleep affects the ability of the body to handle stress related hormones which become responsible for increase in blood pressure.
Researchers feel that extra sleep may soon be prescribed as a cure for high blood pressure. These results were published in the Journal of Sleep Research.
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