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Sleeping less can increase your blood pressure during nighttime

The study led by Mayo Clinic researchers examined healthy and normal weight people who had prolonged shortened sleep.

According to a new study, people who slept less during the night had a higher risk of increase in blood pressure during nighttime. So, if you have trouble sleeping due to stress or any other problem, then it is time for you to rethink things and figure out ways to get sufficient amount of shut-eye.

The study led by Mayo Clinic researchers examined healthy and normal weight people who had prolonged shortened sleep and observed that during the nighttime, people with restrictive sleep systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure averaged 115/64 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) compared to the normal sleep phase. Read more about whether your food habits could be keeping you awake at night.

The study added that the expected fall in blood pressure during the night was suppressed when people had inadequate sleep, and nighttime heart rate was higher with sleep restriction than in normal sleep.

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Naima Covassin, lead author said that high blood pressure, particularly during the night, is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, and as per some studies Americans usually didn't get enough sleep. Read about the five foods that can help you sleep better.

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