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Inadequate sleep linked to high blood pressure: Study

June 16, 2017

In this study, the men averaged 11.2 percent of slow-wave sleep, she said. Those in the lowest of the four groups averaged only 4 percent or less. Other studies have shown that slow-wave sleep is lower in older men than in women.

While the study found an association between slow-wave sleep and high blood pressure, it did not prove a cause-and-effect she said. Researchers say they would expect a similar effect in women.

The British Heart Foundation said it was important for everyone to prioritize sleep. Natasha Stewart, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said, ???Whilst this study does suggest a link between lack of sleep and the development of high blood pressure, it only looked at men aged over 65. We would need to see more research in other age groups and involving women to confirm this particular association. However, we do know more generally that sleep is essential for staying healthy. It's important we all try to make sleep a priority and get our six to eight hours of shut-eye a night.???