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Struggling With High Blood Pressure? Your Sleep May Be To Blame

Having a good sleep is crucial to one's health. People tend not to realize just how important it is to get a good night’s rest. Our bodies need sleep to be able to function properly, and lately, more links between having a bad sleep and suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) have been made.

High blood pressure is a serious health condition and one that needs to be regularly monitored to avoid any potential complications. Getting a good night's sleep will aid in bringing down your blood pressure, but will also do wonders for your health in general. Here are some ways to sleep better at night and bring your high blood pressure levels down:

1. Eat Properly

Give your body time to digest your meal before jumping into bed. If you go to sleep on a full stomach, you'll more than likely end up feeling rotten and not being able to sleep properly. However, don't go the opposite way and not eat anything. Make sure you eat a healthy meal that fills you up and be sure to give it enough time to be digested.

2. Stay Away From Electrical Equipment

It's a good idea to stay away from phones, tablets, computers and television sets at least an hour before you decide to go to bed. The artificial light from the devices wreaks havoc with our bodies, meaning you're not prepared for a good sleep. If you need to be on a device close to bedtime, try to use a blue light filter.

3. Enjoy a Warm Bath or Shower and a Warm Beverage

Having a hot bath or shower relaxes both the mind and the body. Following the relaxing bath or shower with a cup of your favorite beverage will get your mind and body ready for a lovely night's sleep. Try to avoid tea or coffee though, as the caffeine may keep you up longer than you anticipated.

4. Keep Your Bedroom Neat

Keep your bedroom simple and clutter free. It may sound daft, but keeping your room free from clutter helps the mind automatically feel free from clutter, meaning you'll instantly sleep better.

5. Try to Not Drink Too Much Caffeine

Caffeine is sometimes necessary for everyday life, particularly when you're busy and in need of energy to get through the day. However, too much could be preventing you from sleeping well. Try to limit your caffeine intake as the day gets later so that it isn't stopping you from sleeping at night.

6. Get into a Routine

The body is a marvelous thing and enjoys patterns when it comes to sleeping. Train your body into waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day. You won't feel as tired throughout the day as your body will be used to the sleeping pattern.

7. Keep a Journal

If you have a lot happening in your life, it's a good idea to keep a journal in your bedroom that you can write in every night before going to sleep. It doesn't matter if no one ever sees it, it's just a good way to unload some of life's stresses. Jot down a few feelings, thoughts or worries you have before going to sleep, and hopefully, you'll feel at least better enough to get some decent rest.

8. Try to Avoid Naps

It's so easy to feel tired in the afternoon to the point that you feel as though the only solution is to go for a nap. As hard as it is to resist, try to. Napping may feel good at the time, but you're not helping your body's sleeping pattern, and you could end up not feeling tired enough for sleep later on at night.

There are many ways in which a person may improve their sleeping habits to lower their blood pressure levels. However, it is always important to check your medication with your doctor and get their advice on the matter. Natural solutions are fantastic, but professional medical advice and healthy lifestyle habits combined are the best solutions.

 

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Comment by Takiela Langley on July 6, 2017 at 7:51am

I think that I've read about the connection between lack of sleep and high blood pressure before, and it makes sense. I have recently had bouts with elevated blood pressure, and I am a night owl. I teach, so in the Summer I can naturally stay up until 3 o'clock in the morning. When school is in, I can't fall asleep before 11 pm, and I have to turn around and get up at 5:30 a.m. Maybe my lack of sleep was the main culprit for my elevated pressure. Lord knows that teaching comes with its own hypertension factors! Lol!  I'm going to try to do better this year.

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