Richmond, VA

Insomnia and Hypertension

Did you know that if insomnia is frequent or chronic you are at a greater risk of heart disease? According to an article in Sleep Medicine Review-2018 by Jarrin and others, their data showed this correlation.  High blood pressure did not predict future hypertension/BP in middle-aged adults but did in older adults.

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are also connected.  Obstructive sleep apnea means you stop breathing while sleeping.  It’s usually caused by your tongue falling back against your throat and closing off your airway.  This can be treated by an oral appliance to keep your airway open or with a c-pap.

Most people (90%) are able to tolerate wearing an oral appliance versus about 30% of people are able to wear their c-pap to manage obstructive sleep apnea.

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.  Why do you think that people die in their sleep? They stop breathing!

If you would like to learn more about ways to manage your insomnia and airway problems please contact Dr. Faryl Hart’s office at 804-266-2074.

 

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