Amount of sleep linked to blood pressure

CHICAGO University of Chicago researchers looked at 578 adults with the average age of 40. They measured sleep duration and quality through the use of specially designed wrist bands.

Researchers found that those who got less than 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night were more likely to develop high blood pressure over five years than those who slept longer.

Health experts say this study might help explain why higher blood pressure is found in men, and especially African Americans. They say it may be partially due to lack of sleep.

The study is published in the June 8, 2009, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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