This week was filled with interesting research that I think can be very valuable for all of us. There were three sleep studies that I think you will enjoy and get great benefit from reading.
- Sleeping pill use has been associated with an increase in blood pressure.
- Insomnia has now been genetically identified
- Sleep and the Menstrual Cycle, new evidence of disruption
Looking at this first study, I thought it was fascinating that in patients who were above 60 and diagnosed with insomnia, 21% of them had to increase their blood pressure medications.
Unfortunately, we do not know which medications were being used.
Researchers think there may be a few reasons why this could be occurring. First is that when you use a pharmaceutical for sleep, many of them decrease your drive to breathe. This is called respiratory drive and it can be compromised when taking certain sleeping pills like Valium, Restoril, Xanax, etc. This can lead to sleep apnea, and undiagnosed sleep apnea can lead to an elevation in blood pressure. There was also discussion that some of …