How Increasing Sleep Can Lower Blood Pressure
Sleep disorders or sleep deprivation may cause your blood to boil. Well, not exactly but studies have shown the correlating causes toward hypertension. The Mayo Clinic suggests that there may be a strong correlation between high blood pressure and sleep disorders.
This is especially true if you are not getting your daily 8, or even 6 over a prolonged period of time. If you are getting 5 or less, or are currently with or worsening in blood pressure you may be at higher risk of susceptibility.
Sleep Science on Blood Pressure
Studies show that there may be a correlation between your sleep and how the length of time might allow it to regulate hormones associated with blood pressure. In particular, cortisol and other stress hormones which allow your nervous system to remain healthy. The lack of sleep may cause the body an inability to effectively regulate this over time, leading to a spike in cortisol, which causes an increase in blood pressure.
A sleep disorder that may play towards poor sleep, even if you feel like you have had 8 plus hours of sleep is sleep apnea. This is when you start and stop breathing while sleeping. If you feel excessively tired after a night’s rest then it may be time to see a doctor. Or consult our doctors for remedies to sleep better.
There are SUPPLEMENTS you can take that help assist with this. Firstly let’s look at how you can get a better night’s sleep.
Supplement with valerian root about 30 minutes to 1 hour before you hit the hay. You may want to gauge the dosage, so start with one before sleep, and up it to two. You can find valerian root here. If your dosha is primarily Pitta predominant we do not recommend taking valerian root. You also need to cycle valerian root.
Several fitness personalities also recommend chamomile tea and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar about 30 mins prior to bedtime. These have no side effects and these guys, like Lewis Howes and Tim Ferris swear by them. Add some honey if it is too strong for you.
Hibiscus is an additional herb for high blood pressure. Brew a tea with our recipe below or use store-bought hibiscus tea. It has been shown in several studies to significantly lower blood pressure in as little as 6 weeks.
Recipe for Hibiscus Tea
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
- 3/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (also known as Jamaica flowers or flor de Jamaica)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar or substitute honey or stevia
- 1 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
Combine all the ingredients in the water except lime juice and honey (if being used). Bring to a boil, and let steep for 10 mins. Serve when lukewarm.
Brahmi for blood pressure is another herb which works at relaxing and destressing the body. Brahmi is shown to reduce cortisol levels which have a direct correlation to blood pressure. It does, however, work with increasing the nitric oxide utility in the body which is similar to allopathic blood pressure meds. So please take this with a consultation from our doctors first.
Grab your Zs, and we are sure not only will you feel better but your blood and body will thank you too!