Sleep is important for a number of reasons, however individuals who are diagnosed with resistant hypertension may not be getting enough hours of shut eye, which in return, can be detrimental to their health. Chronic sleep loss may prevent the brain’s ability to learn and store memories, cause weight gain, increase a person’s likelihood of falling and alter immune function, according to Harvard University.
Researchers observed the sleeping patterns of more than 230 individuals with high blood pressure, and found that participants were more likely to sleep six or fewer hours. Those who experienced poor sleep quality had an increased likelihood of resistant hypertension, which is when three or more prescription medications fail to bring blood pressure levels below 140/90 millimeters of mercury. They also found that women reported not sleeping well more often than men.
Individuals can talk to their doctor about taking an all-natural supplement, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Sleep made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals, to help them go to bed and have better quality sleep.
The results were presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions.