Sleep Problems Tied to High Blood Pressure

Just when you thought that your life could not get any more complicated as a mother with all that’s on your plate, another study comes out warning you that you might die of a heart attack if you do not get  enough sleep.

In the study, researchers looked at 323 healthy women aged between 20 and 70 years. They wore devices to  track the onset, duration and the quality of sleep they were getting.

“The women who experienced mild sleep disturbances, including delays in falling asleep and waking up during the night, were significantly more likely to have high blood pressure than those who fell sleep quickly and slept soundly,” according to a June 28 Forbes article.

In a follow-up research study, endothelial cell samples were taken from a subset of the women to measure levels of a protein linked to heart disease and inflammation.

“Our findings suggest that mild sleep problems could possibly initiate the vascular endothelial inflammation that’s a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease,” lead study author Brooke Aggarwal told Forbes. Aggarwal is a behavioral scientist in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

“The results of this study are especially concerning because they held true even for women who were sleeping anywhere from seven to nine hours a night — what would normally be considered a healthy range. And most women in the study didn’t have major problems like obstructive sleep apnea, which is already strongly associated with cardiovascular disease,” David DiSalvo wrote in the article.

The study was published June 9 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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