Lack Of Sleep Causes Teens To Have High Blood Pressure

August 19, 2008

A new study has shown that teenagers who do not get enough sleep at night are far more likely to have high blood pressure.....Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that teenagers who do not get enough sleep at night are far more likely to have high blood pressure.

Dr. Susan Redline of the University Hospital Sleep Center at Case Western Reserve University led the study, which looked at 238 teenage boys and girls between the ages of 13 to 26.

They looked at the sleep patterns of the teenagers, and found that 11% of them slept less than 6.5 hours each night.

Over 25% reported that they woke up frequently throughout the night as well..

Researchers concluded that sleeping less than 6.5 hours each night led to pre-hypertension in teens.

Pre-hypertension is elevated blood pressure, but not quite high blood pressure. These teens were 3 times more likely to have high blood pressure than those who slept more than 6.5 hours each night.

The study was published in the journal Circulation.


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