Make sure you sleep in the optimal position to relieve strain on the blood vessels that bring blood back to the heart, as high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease
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Many of us live with high blood pressure – which is blood that is pumped too hard against the walls of the arteries and can cause health problems if left untreated.
Also known as high blood pressure, it is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
It is therefore important to do everything we can to improve the condition – and how we sleep can play a crucial role in this.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes frequent pauses in breathing.
It causes the brain to pump more blood to key areas like the brain and heart.
This puts extra pressure on your artery walls and raises your blood pressure than if you were breathing normally.
A sudden drop in blood oxygen levels during sleep apnea increases blood pressure and puts a strain on the cardiovascular system.
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In addition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increases a person’s risk for high blood pressure complications.
“OSA is characterized by episodes of collapsed airways that block airflow to the lungs and often cause snoring and wheezing during sleep,” says The Sleep Foundation.
“In central sleep apnea (CSA), breathing stops because of a lack of communication between the brain and the muscles involved in breathing.”
Care provider Medicover Hospitals says: “Most adults stay in bed without giving a thought to how they are actually positioned. It’s such a routine habit that many don’t consider the health effects of sleeping in one way or another.
“But sleep researchers and doctors say our sleeping position matters.
“Sleeping on your stomach, back, or side can make a difference for snoring, sleep apnea, neck and back pain, and other conditions.”
What is the best sleeping position?
Sleeping on the left side is believed to be the best sleeping position for high blood pressure because it relieves blood pressure on blood vessels that return blood to the heart.
Back pain can also lead to significant sleep disorders, so sleeping positions that put stress on this area should be avoided.
“Rest on your side, with your back mostly straight, can help reduce sleep apnea,” adds Medicover.
Along with better sleep hygiene, paying attention to your diet is important when trying to lower your readings and avoid cardiovascular health complications.
Foods to avoid before bed and reduce during the day include:
- Salty dishes
- Sugary food
- Red meat
- Saturated fats
- Processed and pre-packaged foods
- Sugary drinks
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