High blood pressure warning: The afternoon activity shown to raise your reading

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High blood pressure warning: The afternoon activity shown to raise your reading

High blood pressure, if left untreated, can cause catastrophic damage to the body, the most serious being heart disease, a major killer both in the UK and worldwide. One of the most unsettling aspects of high blood pressure is that it tends to rise without any visible signs, so seemingly innocuous activities, such as eating certain foods, can send your blood pressure soaring without any external changes. While there are clear red lines, such as eating a diet high in salt, new research finds a surprising risk factor associated with high blood pressure.

Research published in the science journal Heart and Lung found a strong association between taking an afternoon nap and raised blood pressure.

Afternoon napping is a popular pastime, especially in hotter countries where temperatures rise after mid-day.

The new research sends a chilling warning sign to afternoon nappers, however, finding that middle-aged and older women who napped for more than 90 minutes were 39 percent and 54 percent more likely to suffer high blood pressure.

The association is based on a study looking at the lifestyle and health of nearly 8,000 Chinese adults over the age of 45.

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The researchers continued: ”Specifically among women, extended afternoon napping was associated with higher risk of having hypertension and this association was more obvious among older women.”

The researchers also noted that long afternoon naps may lead to disturbed night time sleeping patterns which have been shown to increase the risk of high blood pressure.

Accounting for the association, the researchers suggest day napping may lead to a fragmented sleeping pattern and the sleep efficiency was low in those who took longer afternoon naps to compensate for sleep loss at night.

They conclude: “As a changeable lifestyle, afternoon napping habits may be adjusted to prevent hypertension and special attention needs to be paid to napping behaviour in middle-aged and older women.”

The damaging effects of not getting enough sleep at night is well understood.

As Mayo Clinic reports, it’s thought that sleeping fewer than six hours a night could be linked to increased blood pressure.

People who sleep five hours or less a night may also be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure.

There’s also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep between five and six hours a night, warns Mayo Clinic.

How is sleep linked to high blood pressure?

Mayo Clinic explains: “It’s thought that sleep helps your blood regulate stress hormones and helps your nervous system remain healthy.

“Over time, a lack of sleep could hurt your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure.”

One way to treat high blood pressure triggered by sleep disturbances is to identify and address a potential underlying cause.

One possible, treatable cause of your lack of sleep contributing to high blood pressure is obstructive sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which you repeatedly stop and start breathing during sleep, notes Mayo Clinic.

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