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"Bad Sleep Ups Blood Pressure Risk"

August 30, 2011

BBC News reported on a study co-authored by DSM researcher Dr. Susan Redline which found that elderly men who spend little time in deep sleep could be at risk of developing high blood pressure.

The study of 784 men over the age of 65 found that those getting the least deep sleep were at 83% greater risk of hypertension than those getting the most. The report, published in the journal Hypertension, is the first to show that poor quality sleep increases the risk of developing high blood pressure in men over age 65. More studies are needed to show if the effect is present in other age groups, and whether improving sleep could reduce hypertension risk.

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