According to a recent study reported by US researchers, for middle-aged people, if they don’t get enough sleep, the risk of high blood pressure will increase.
The research team led by Kristen Knutsson of the University of Chicago reported in the latest issue of the American medical literature that their investigation found that sleep was very important to the health of middle-aged people. Those who slept an average of 5 hours a day had a 37% increased risk of hypertension within 5 years compared with those who slept an average of 6 hours.
According to the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention, adults should sleep 7 to 9 hours a day. But the survey found that many adults can’t sleep up to this standard.
Knutson and others selected 578 adults with an average age of 40 to investigate their sleep status and hypertension. The average sleep time of these people is only 6 hours per day, and only 1% of them can sleep 8 hours or more per day.
Statistical analysis found that people who slept less had a significantly higher risk of hypertension than those who slept more. The average sleep time per day is less than 1 hour, and the risk of hypertension is significantly increased within 5 years. If you snore in bed, you will have a higher risk of high blood pressure.
Knutson said that more research is needed next to understand the relationship between sleep and blood pressure. If it is finally clinically proven that increasing sleep time can reduce the risk of hypertension, then sleep therapy will provide a new idea for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
Many medical investigations have found that sleep is vital to the health of people of all ages. For children, lack of sleep will make them prone to obesity, depression and elevated blood pressure; For the elderly, insufficient sleep will reduce their coordination ability when walking; For middle-aged and young people, long-term lack of sleep is prone to heart disease, infection with bacteria, and certain types of cancer.