Adolescent hypertension may be caused by poor sleep quality. American researchers found that teenagers' bad sleep habits not only lead to listlessness in class, but also affect their health and lead to high blood pressure.
A team from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, found that teenagers with poor sleep quality have an increased risk of high blood pressure. If they sleep less than six and a half hours a day, they are more than twice as likely to suffer from hypertension and insomnia, Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao reported on the 21st.
Writing in the journal Circulation of the American Heart Association, the team noted that the risk of high blood pressure remained the same even after adjusting for gender, weight, and socioeconomic status.
Redley, a pediatrician who led the team, said the study highlights the fact that adolescents have poor or inadequate sleep quality and an increased risk of developing high blood pressure or other diseases.
She said the researchers also found that prehypertensive symptoms were more often associated with poor sleep quality than with insufficient sleep.
Redley's team studied 238 adolescent men and women aged 13 to 16 and found that 14% of them had hypertension or prehypertension. And 16% of teenagers, sleep efficiency is at a low level, that is often difficult to fall asleep, or wake up too early. Another 11% sleep less than six and a half hours a night.
Redley pointed out that part of the reason is that there are more computers, mobile phones and audio equipment in teenagers' rooms, and the other reason is that school is too early.
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