Even mild sleep problems in women increase blood pressure
Numerous studies have already shown that sleep problems and cardiovascular health are related. A new US study now suggests that even mild sleep problems, such as falling asleep, can increase the blood pressure of the female sex.
Researchers at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center in New York recently published a study that found that mild sleep problems in women could be related to high blood pressure. According to the university, almost a third of adults suffer from poor sleep. The results suggest that this could pose a health risk, especially for women. The study was recently published in the "Journal of the American Heart Association".
Women are more likely to suffer from chronic sleep disorders
"Chronic sleep disorders in women occur twice as often as in men," the researchers write in a press release on the study results. The scientists' investigations showed that even slight sleep problems in women can lead to an increase in blood pressure. This also applies to women who had slept seven to nine hours a night and only had difficulty falling asleep.
Disproportionate effect on cardiovascular health
"This is worrying, as studies have shown that sleep deprivation and milder sleep problems can have a disproportionate effect on cardiovascular health in women," said Brooke Aggarwal, lead author of the Columbia University medical school. The new study looked at the sleeping habits of 323 healthy women in terms of blood pressure.
Slight sleep problems raise blood pressure
According to the researchers, mild sleep disorders such as poor sleep, longer sleep and insomnia are around three times more common than severe sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (breathing interruptions). Women with such mild sleep problems showed a significantly more frequent increase in blood pressure, even if the otherwise healthy women had slept seven to nine hours a night.
Inflammatory processes as a trigger?
In some subjects, the arm veins were examined for pro-inflammatory proteins. In fact, the researchers found a connection between inflammatory processes and mild sleep disorders. "Our results suggest that mild sleep problems may trigger vascular endothelial inflammation," says Aggarwal. These inflammations are suspected of making a significant contribution to cardiovascular diseases.
A clinical trial will review the results
"The results of an ongoing clinical trial could confirm these results," said Aggarwal. In the meantime, it may make sense to examine women for milder sleep disorders to prevent heart diseases, the expert advises.
Healthy sleep is the basis for good health
The brain detoxifies during sleep. Sleep disorders can reduce this process. Too much or too little sleep can harm our health. Naturopathy relies on natural sleep aids such as a gentle lavender scent instead of chemical sleeping pills for sleep problems. (vb)