The association was observed regardless of sleep duration and quality, body mass index, diet, physical activity, and hypertension control.
Although additional research is needed to understand this link, the findings suggest that sleeping pill use may be an indicator of a future need for greater hypertension treatment and the need to investigate underlying sleep disorders or unhealthy lifestyles that may contribute to hypertension.
“Previous reports on associations of sleep characteristics with blood pressure and hypertension were focused on middle-agedadults; however these associations were absent or inconsistent amongolder adults,” said senior author Dr. José Banegas, of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in Spain.
Full bibliographic information
Association between sleep characteristics and antihypertensive treatment in older adults. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 2019; 1– 4.