• Sonnet Perkins Sonnet Perkins
    February 16, 2009
    What would cause a persons BP to spike at night?
    Sonnet Perkins Sonnet Perkins
    February 16, 2009

    My mother has hypertension and has been on BP meds for years.  The last few months she has had several "episondes" where she will be winding down for the night and she will have a BP spike.  Twice she has been hospitalized and they have ran a battery or tests and come up with nothing.  Her heart is in good shape, but I am afraid that if this pattern continues she will end up having a stroke.  The latest episode landed her in the hospital for 3 days and the doctor ended up checking her for adrenal cancer.  He finally came back and said that it was linked to her anxiety, so he tripled her medication and added Paxil.  She couldn't stand the BP so high and the Paxil made her worse, so she is no longer on Paxil and he lowered her from 360mg to 120mg.  I don't buy that it is her anxiety because if it were she would have these episodeds at any time of the day.  What would cause her BP to spike at night?

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  • Diamondmedia May 27, 2013
    Diamondmedia
    May 27, 2013
    I have the same problem... and glib answers such as anxiety are not helpful. I am beginning to think that it is related to digestion of my evening meal. When I eat earlier...and digest earlier... I have a good night.  WHen I wake up with high blood pressure (taking readings that are much higher than daytime), I find that eliminating waste and drinking water brings the bp down within a half hour.  A mild anxiety pill does help because the patient becomes frightened and stressed by not feeling well in the night. Excess salt seems to really affect me in the night....so it is important to control salty food intake. READ MORE
    • edhoffus
      November 20, 2014
      edhoffus
      November 20, 2014
      You are absolutely right if your digestion is sluggish and your BP goes up seems your vagus nerve may be get sensitive sending wrong signals or lower intestine flatulence may also irritate the vagus. Vagus nerve is the wonder nerve try to take your BP after dinner,two hours and. Four after keep a diary of the reading for few days and see a gastro doctor that is experienced in motility for now eat like a poor at night and earlier possible . Good luck READ MORE
    • Z
      Z
      March 30, 2015
      Z
      Z
      March 30, 2015
      So often even worrying about it can bring it on.. I have had this as well... I find a lite dinner and a bit of light protein about half hr before bed really helps. Like a spoonful of cottage cheese. (Not meat)also just half teaspoon of. Ashwaganda (an herb) under the tongue and swish with water and swallow when you retire to bed will really clear the anxiety. Known or unknown. I also think the trigger is something we are eating. Hope this helps READ MORE
  • Nima March 06, 2009
    Nima
    March 06, 2009

    Medication is not the answer. If the Dr said she has anxiety, you should find out what

    he/she meant. sounds like your mother worries about her own BP??  is this true? 

    Is there something in her life that is causing her stress?  Look for these type of answers first before thinking about medication.

     

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  • WANT TO BE HEALTHY February 27, 2011
    WANT TO BE HEALTHY
    February 27, 2011
    I have the same thing and I've taken every test know to man and have tried serveral medications.  I, too, have been in the hospital twice.  I'm sitting here now afraid of the night because I know my blood pressure is going to spike up.  It is mostly fine during the day, but like a monster coming at night, it begins to increase at around 4:00 p.m. and usually around ten is full blown, no matter what medication I've taken and no matter how little sodium or food I've eaten. I'm afraid to be calm and relaxed at night because it raises up without cause.  I'm on a very low sodium diet and I keep myself calm, but NOTHING IS WORKING to stop the night spikes.  I've seen three different types of doctors.  I'm about to go to have my third MRA, this time for Aortic Arch.  I've had to MIRs, etc, etc, etc.  I'm scared all the time and worried about me because no one seems to know what is wrong with me.  I can tell when it increases, because I feel sick to my stomach, scared, detached and anxious.  IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE IN THIS GREAT WIDE WORLD WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS IS??? READ MORE
    • LC
      LC
      May 02, 2012
      LC
      LC
      May 02, 2012

      Nighttime blood pressure spikes may be related to a nighttime cortisol spike.  A supplement containing phosphytidyl serine usually helps lower this.  My favorite is Seriphos.... it contains 1000mg of PS.  Or there is one called "cortisol manager" that has less PS and some other ingredients.  If you want to know if cortisol is spiking at night, call a company called Diagnos-Techs in Washington state 800-878-3787 and find a doctor near you who will do an Adrenal Stress Index test....this won't be an M.D., probably an N.D. or D.C.  Magnesium helps as well but can cause diarrhea easily...most absorbable supplement: "Calm" by Natural Vitality.  And increasing potassium helps greatly... baked potatoes, coconut water, vegetable juices.

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    • WANT TO BE HEALTHY
      May 03, 2012
      WANT TO BE HEALTHY
      May 03, 2012

      Thanks so much for your reply.  I have been increasing my potassium and getting more vegetables so, it doesn't spike as much and as high as it used to.  I find the info on the Diagnos-Tech and I'm going to look into that.  It sounds promising.

       

      Thanks again.

       

      Christine

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    • Resa
      June 15, 2012
      Resa
      June 15, 2012
      Thanks for the useful information! READ MORE
    • Donny
      April 23, 2013
      Donny
      April 23, 2013
      My wife has high BP too and it spikes all ways in the middle of the night every night. I give her Clonidine and it brings it down in a matter of minutes. With her her Bp goes way to low then but we have to do it to keep her from stroking out. No doctors has had any answer  for it. Just thought someone might want to know that Clonidine will bring it down fast. If any one finds any answer please post them. We would sure like to know.   READ MORE
    • shaina
      April 03, 2014
      shaina
      April 03, 2014

      I have the same problem, did you find a solution to your night blood pressure spikes?

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    • ceecee
      August 28, 2015
      ceecee
      August 28, 2015
      Oh my gosh!!! You sound exactly like me..everything you said is my life too..I'm afraid of night now too. I was fine with my regular meds then I had some stress and my no went out of control and its been beck getting it back for lots of different reasons. But it seems good now during the day except when night shows up...some one please help with this...I feel hopeless READ MORE
    • John Donlan
      October 30, 2015
      John Donlan
      October 30, 2015
      I'm having BP spikes, usually in the afternoon......or sometimes in the middle of the night. It all began when I stopped taking those 5-Hour Energy bottles (I had been taking them - 5 days/week - for 5 months). The week after I stopped taking them I started getting BP spikes. Now, it's a year later, and I'm still suffering from them. I think that it's a chemical in the "energy blend" of those bottles called GLUCURANOLACTONE, which is fat soluble and as I've been gradually losing weight it gets re-released into my blood stream. But I can't get any doctor to confirm -- or even believe that. READ MORE
    • pstackhouse2000
      December 28, 2015
      pstackhouse2000
      December 28, 2015
      I have been having the exact same problem my pressure spikes at night around 4 or 5 a.m. I have been under a lot of stress over the last couple of months and I also have problems with anxiety but I could not understand why my pressure would only spike in the middle of the night great answers thank you READ MORE
    • klalaian
      February 03, 2016
      klalaian
      February 03, 2016
      Hi Christine, When I read your post I stared crying. What you described is what I go through every single night. I am on two daily BP meds but it doesn't seem to matter. In general I have a peaceful somewhat stress free life. My evenings are usually relaxed but come bedtime my BP spikes. It could go from 116/62 to 178/98 in a short period of time. Even after I fall asleep I wake up 30 minutes later with my heart pounding and what I feel like pressure of my blood coursing through my veins . Sure enough when I measure BP (have a machine at home) , It is critically high. I ended up in ER a few times and no one really knows what causing my BP spikes. I am at the point where I don't even go to ER. No one seems to know what causes my blood pressure. Have you found a cause or a solution to your problem yet? I am hoping you would share it with me and this community. Thank you. Karen READ MORE
  • Rhonda Mitchell October 29, 2015
    Rhonda Mitchell
    October 29, 2015
    I have the same issue a blood pressure spike, only at night. Several times I have even called the paramedics but by the time they get here my lorazepam has kicked in and my bp is on its way to normal. I wear a cpap at night because they said it could be a lack of oxygen causing my blood pressure and heart rate to spikes. But I still wake up with my pressure at 189/98. This is scary and night for me is a nightmare! READ MORE
  • GregMc October 17, 2015
    GregMc
    October 17, 2015
    I have been having same problems for two weeks now...i read that it could be that your body is rejecting your own insulin...have dr. to run test on your insulin....hope this works..oh yea..and keep doing alot of ....PRAYING!!!! READ MORE
    • saraikimalik
      October 27, 2015
      saraikimalik
      October 27, 2015
      I suffered heart attack in 1994 - i have coronary artery disease - type 2 diabetes - it used to be not like this but from a month now my blood pressure peeks high around 7 pm and no medication helps except when it reaches systolic number above 170+ and diastolic number 110+ I take Nitroglycerin sub lingual to break it and bring it down to 120/80 range and then it stays down all night. I am on these meds - Metoprolol 100 mg twice - lisinopril 20 mg twice - diovan 160 mg twice - simvastatin 80 mg once - nitroglycerin 0.2/hr patch and isosorbide ER 30 mg once - all day my bp stays in control its the 7 pm when it peeks - some days it does not go as high as 170/110 but some days it does READ MORE
  • kathleeneiler March 23, 2016
    kathleeneiler
    March 23, 2016
    I too have a very similar story. My bp spikes at night when im laying down for the night. My ears are ringing Anda m shaking. I am disabled for depression, panic attacks, and anxiety.im tire of doctors first guess is mental READ MORE
  • Patlouj39 January 28, 2016
    Patlouj39
    January 28, 2016
    My BP has been spiking at early eve or near bed time. I am also associating it with digestion. Elimination of waste añd burping seems to cause the BP to start down quick. I sometimes warm some Dr. Pepper or Sprite and drink it and it seems to help. READ MORE
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