Can A Rise In Blood Pressure Cause You To Feel Sleepy Or Tired All Of A Sudden?

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Asked by Nat

Can A Rise In Blood Pressure Cause You To Feel Sleepy Or Tired All Of A Sudden?

I'm on medication for my blood pressure now and have been for about six or seven years. For about two years I've been getting very tired all of a sudden. It's a strange feeling, almost like a fever comes over me and I get very sleepy and feel like I need to lie down. (But I do not want to!) I have talked to my neurologist, my hemotologist, and my gynecologist about this, as well as my family doctor. I have had a stress test and an MRI and everything was normal.

They all seem to think it is depression, but I don't! I wonder if it is a rise in my blood pressure or maybe the start of menopause? Please help.

Answer

Hi Nat,

There are typically no physical symptoms associated with high blood pressure. However, there is always the exception. Here are a few of the top physical symptoms associated with high blood pressure - headache, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, and loss of vision. So, you are not completely off-base thinking there may be a connection between your sudden sleepiness and a blood pressure spike.

Here are some other links that might be useful to you:

Sunshine to Lower Blood Pressure

Have High Blood Pressure? Don't Eat These Foods

10 Things to Do This Month to Lower Your Blood Pressure

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN