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Less sleep raises risk of high blood pressure - BPA comment

UK charity the Blood Pressure Association has responded to a new study by the American Medical Association which suggests that sleeping for less than six hours a night could be bad for your blood pressure health.

The study measured the blood pressure of almost 600 adults aged 33-45, recording the numbers of hours they slept for, and also the quality of this sleep. Participants slept for an average of six hours, and those who slept for less than this were found to have a higher rate of increase in their blood pressure numbers.

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "This is an interesting study and there's no doubt that all of us, including people who have high blood pressure, feel better after a good night's sleep.

"However, until research is done to show whether getting more sleep can actually reduce the risk of high blood pressure, we'd suggest that this would be no substitute to taking prescribed blood pressure lowering medicines and following a healthy lifestyle."

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For further information from the Blood Pressure Association, contact Anna Cureton at the BPA's Press Office on 020 8772 4993.

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