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Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Giftland, Community Member, asks

Q: Blood pressure goes up while asleep

I an taking clonidine and atenolol three times a day for an average bp reading of 140/85, but at night during sleep bp rises to aroung 200/99 before I wake up. What can I do to stop this rise.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
1/ 7/09 6:09pm

Hi Giftland,


It's best to evaluate what is going on with your MD.  However, let me give you one possibility to explore. 


Sleep apnea - A higher blood pressure in the morning versus blood pressure readings at other times of the day is an indicator for sleep apnea.  You can read more about high blood pressure and sleep apnea here (it's page 2 of an article - scroll to bottom for sleep apnea info).


A blood pressure reading of 200/99 is cause for concern.  Don't wait to address this issue.  Discuss with your MD and find the root of the problem.


All the best,


Lisa Nelson, RD

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simpson,karen, Community Member
2/ 1/09 2:52am

I obtained the 169/88 reading on awaking at 5:54AM; I ate a plate of pasta for breakfast, and my 7AM, the headache I experienced on awaking, was gone.

BigRaay1978, Community Member
10/29/09 6:58am

I had a blood vessel in my brain rupture on July 09, 2009.  They call this a hemmorrhagic stroke.  It was caused by my blood pressure rising while I slept.  After my stroke I started taking my B/P numerous times per day.  I noticed my B/P was REALLY high when I woke up and went down as soon as I awoke.  I was initially diagnosed with sleep-apnea.  My blood pressure continued to remain high.  Then I went to see a Doctor in Dallas, TX at a clinic named Sleepwell Solutions.  I was taking 12 Blood Pressue pills per day trying to regulate my B/P.  I was diagnosed with Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome. Now I am on Five pills per day and my B/P is 110/70.  I am considering surgery to restructure my upper jaw so my airway does not become obstructed when I sleep.

renee rose corey, Community Member
11/10/09 5:58pm

while I sleep my blood pressure goes up,Why

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By Giftland, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/01/12, First Published: 01/06/09