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Insomnia may Cause Hypertension

Insomnia may Cause Hypertension

(epharmanews)- People who experience insomnia seem to be over concerned, which keeps them awake during the night. They may now have one more concern to keep them up at night: an increased risk of developing hypertension according to a new study.

Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that insomniacs have an increased risk of developing hypertension, compared to people who have do not experience sleeping disorders. The study will be presented Tuesday, June 12 at the Sleep 2012 Conference in Boston.

“The cause of hypertension in insomniacs is due to the number of times the individual wakes during the night as well as their sleep latency – the length of time it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep,” says Christopher Drake, associate scientist at the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders and Research Center and lead author of this study.

Moreover, researchers found that the severity of the insomnia decides the severity of the hypertension they may develop. “We found that the longer it took the subjects to fall asleep and more times they woke during the night, the more severe their hypertension.” Says Drake.

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to remain asleep. Statistics suggest that 30 to 40 percent of adults experience insomnia every year and 15% experience chronic insomnia.

For the purpose of the study, researchers collected data (over the internet) of more than 5000 insomniacs and compared them to people who do not experience any type of sleep disorder. Data included insomnia symptoms, hypertension and sleep and health habits.

Recent studies had associated sleep disorders to an increase chance of developing obesity and diabetes, not to mention the increased numbers of accidents for insomniacs compared to people who had enough sleep at night.

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