September 09, 2007
Lack Of Sleep Creates High Blood Pressure Risk For Women

Women especially should try to get enough sleep.

The University of Warwick led research team looked at data from "The Whitehall II Cohort" which studied volunteers from 20 London-based civil service departments. There were a total of 6,592 participants (4,199 men and 1,567 women). The Warwick team defined hypertension as blood pressure equal to or higher than 140/90 mm Hg or if the subject made regular use of antihypertensive medications.

The researchers found that the those women in the study group who slept less than or equal to 5 hours a night were twice as likely to suffer from hypertension than women who slept for the more recommended seven hours or more a night. The researchers found no difference between men sleeping less than 5 hours and those sleeping 7 hours or more.

I wonder if the difference is due a difference in how male and female bodies react to sleep deficits. Or maybe the conditions that cause women to sleep less are different than the conditions that make men sleep less. Maybe stressful environments cause women to miss sleep but for men maybe the sleep is missed due to the desire to do more activities that are less stressful. Mind you, that's pure speculation. More likely female bodies react to lack of sleep in ways that do more damage to blood vessels.

Whether you are a man or women there are plenty of scientific reasons why you should get enough sleep. See my previous posts Less Sleep Increases Obesity, Sleep A Lot To Avoid Burn-Out From Stress And To Stay Skinny, and Lack Of Sleep Suppresses Neurogenesis And Memory Formation. Sleep is good.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2007 September 09 04:15 PM  Aging Lifestyle Studies

Nancy Lebovitz said at September 15, 2007 7:44 PM:

Maybe women who are short on sleep are more likely to be getting random interruptions (taking care of babies or subject to hot flashes) while men who are short on sleep are much more likely to be getting insufficient hours of continuous sleep.

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