The Sleep and High Blood Pressure Connection
- About 40% of people with high blood pressure also have obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder caused by a frequent closing of the air passages. People with sleep apnea awaken briefly many times while sleeping to restart their breathing.
- The changes in breathing caused by obstructive sleep apnea affect oxygen levels, blood pressure and heart rate, leading to a higher risk of developing hypertension and making blood pressure more difficult to control.
- Better sleep can help to lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of developing serious health problems.
Research has shown that treating certain sleep disorders may improve your diabetes care and lower your risk of complications. Take our online evaluation to see if you might have OSA or
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Diagnosing a Sleep Disorder
Diagnosis of a sleep disorder is usually simple and begins with a thorough review of your health history. It may also require an overnight sleep study for additional observation.
The Sleep Study
Sleep tests can take place at home or at a sleep center in a private, hotel-like room. The test monitors and records sleep patterns, breathing and heart activity while you sleep. If you have the test in a sleep clinic, a specialist will monitor you from an adjoining control room, and will remain awake and available to you throughout the night.
After your sleep study, a report is sent to your referring or primary care physician. There are many treatment options available and recommendations will vary based on your diagnosis.
By successfully treating your sleep disorder, you may also notice the following benefits:
• Feeling more awake and alert during the day
• Increased motivation
• More energy during the day
• A greater sense of well-being
• Improved relationships
• Deeper, sounder sleep