The ONE organ responsible for high blood pressure.
Enough Sleep Lower Blood Pressure
Is it true that sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure?Answer From Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you're asleep your blood pressure is generally lower than while you're awake. This is totally normal and is known as nocturnal dipping. The drop in both your systolic (the top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure can be up to 20% lower than your readings in the day time.
What is the best sleeping position for high blood pressure? Sleeping on the left side is the best sleeping position for hypertension because it relieves blood pressure on blood vessels that return blood to the heart.
Blood pressures were then measured on 78 adult patients both with and without the pillow. When blood pressure was measured with the arm at heart level diastolic blood pressure was on average 5.5 mmHg lower compared with measurements performed without the pillow.
Raising the head of the bed decreases the amount of blood returning to the heart due to the effects of gravity. In this case, the decreased blood return to the heart may decrease blood pressure.
Sit quietly in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Relax your muscles, progressing from your feet to your calves, thighs, abdomen, and so on, up to your neck and face. Breathe slowly through your nose, silently saying your focus word, phrase, or prayer to yourself as you exhale.