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Low quality sleep 'may cause hypertension'

Low quality sleep 'may cause hypertension'
30th August 2011

High blood pressure, seen in many wanting to find a care home, could be due to low quality sleep, according to new research.

Males with the lowest level of slow wave sleep (SWS) had an 80 per cent increased chance of developing high blood pressure, according to a study published in journal Hypertension.

Those who were observed to have low levels of SWS, one of the deeper stages of sleep, generally had poorer sleep quality due to shorter duration of sleep, more severe sleep apnea and awaking more.

"Although women were not included in this study, it's quite likely that those who have lower levels of slow wave sleep for any number of reasons may also have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure," said co-author Susan Redline.

Meanwhile, a team from the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that women who have sleep apnea could be more at risk of dementia later in life.

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