Sleep deprived teens are rocking up to their GPs with elevated blood pressure according to a study by the American Heart Association.
Sleep deprived teens are rocking up to their GPs with elevated blood pressure according to a study by the American Heart Association, putting themselves at greater risk of stress related heart attacks.
The study looked at the sleeping patterns of 238 teens and found a direct correlation between blood pressure and sleep. Those who had trouble getting to sleep and waking up in the morning also had blood pressure issues.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the author of the research, Susan Redline from University Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, said “sleep insufficiency” was often related to mobile phones, music and computers in the bedroom.
“There are teens who text message or listen to music all night, compounded by early school hours. Adolescents need nine hours of sleep,” Professor Redline said.
“Parents should optimise sleep quality for their family with regular sleep and wake times and bedrooms should be quiet, dark and conducive to sleep.”
High blood pressure in childhood is linked to heart disease in adulthood.