Women: Even Mild Sleep Disturbances Raise Your Blood Pressure

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Health problems associated with sleep deprivation are well-documented in medical research. Now, a study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York suggests that even minor sleep problems – like difficulty falling asleep – can raise blood pressure in women. This is significant because sleep problems, including insomnia, may be twice as common in women as in men.

The researchers measured blood pressure and evaluated sleep habits in 323 healthy women. In the study group, mild sleep problems like poor-quality sleep, taking longer to fall asleep, and insomnia were about three times more common than severe sleep disturbances like obstructive sleep apnea. Overall, women with mild sleep problems – even those who got enough sleep, 7 to 9 hours per night – were more likely to have high blood pressure.

Some of the study participants with mild sleep disturbances allowed researchers to evaluate cells from their arm veins, which revealed certain proteins associated with inflammation and heart disease. Results of this study were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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