At the beginning of the year, I wrote about the consequences of insomnia - and one of those consequences was high blood pressure. Research suggested that getting less than six hours of sleep each night could double your risk of developing hypertension. Now a new study has reached a similar conclusion.
The latest study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that insomnia sufferers were more likely to suffer from hypertension than normal sleepers. Researchers determined that the longer it takes insomnia sufferers to fall asleep and the more frequently they wake during the night, the more severe their hypertension is likely to be.
This prompted the lead author of the study to determine that hypertension in insomnia sufferers is caused by frequent nighttime awakenings and high sleep latency (the length of time it takes to fall asleep).
I'm getting tired of saying it, but here's yet another reason why we need to take insomnia more seriously.
Source: Henry Ford Hospital
Last updated: March 6, 2013