Does High Blood Pressure Make You Sleepy? The study explains the answer

When we talk about high blood pressure we mean what is more technically called arterial hypertension or a condition differentiated from high blood pressure in the arteries, which is specified by the amount of blood that is pumped by the heart and by the resistance of the arteries to the flow of blood.

It affects about 30% of the adult population of both genders and, in women, it is more likely after menopause. It must be specified that we are not talking about a disease but a possible risk situation. That is a condition that increases the possibility of other cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction and cerebral stroke.

For this reason, it is essential to identify it and treat it: to prevent the damage it can cause. We speak of systolic arterial hypertension when only the maximum pressure is increased; on the contrary, in diastolic hypertension, the values ​​of the lowest blood pressure have changed. Systolic-diastolic hypertension is defined as the condition in which both blood pressure values ​​are higher than normal. The increase in values ​​is not always linked to the appearance of symptoms, especially if it occurs in a not unexpected way: the organism progressively gets used to the always slightly higher values, and does not send signals to the patient. For this reason, many of the people affected by hypertension do not accuse symptoms, even in the presence of very high blood pressure values. In any case, the symptoms associated with arterial hypertension are not specific, and for this reason they are often underestimated or attributed to different conditions.

Does High Blood Pressure Make You Sleepy? The study explains the answer

Common symptoms include: headache, especially in the morning, lightheadedness and dizziness, ringing in the ears, changes in vision (black vision, or seeing bright spots in front of the eyes) and epistaxis (nosebleeds).

However, a recently presented study on the prestigious Hypertension has provided some evidence to support the hypothesis that high blood pressure can lead to sleepiness and insomnia. In fact, the results showed that the presence of insomnia specified an increase in the risk of arterial hypertension of over 300%.

Blood pressure levels were increased in subjects with insomnia in direct proportion to the duration of the awakening episodes, for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The European lines recommend finding the right balance in our rest routine to avoid pressure spikes that can lead to serious illness.