Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a particular risk for
those who struggle to sleep at night, according to new
research.


A study carried out by experts in the US has revealed the
likelihood of developing the condition is higher among those who
suffer from insomnia compared with those who sleep normally.


The team from the Henry Ford Center for Sleep Disorders discovered
the severity of hypertension was affected not only by the number of
times people wake during the night but also the length of time it
takes them to fall asleep.


Commenting on the findings, which will be presented at the Sleep
2012 Conference in Boston, lead author and associate scientist at
the Henry Ford Hospital facility Christopher Drake said: "The cause
of hypertension in insomniacs is due to the number of times the
individual wakes during the night as well as their sleep
latency."


An estimated 50 to 70 million people in America are thought to
suffer from sleep disorders, with around 30 to 40 per cent of
adults in the nation reporting symptoms of insomnia within a
year.


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