Lack of Sleep Causing Hypertension in Women

Did you know that women are more prone to insomnia than men? Health studies have related this condition in women with premenstrual phase, reproductive and menopause cycle. Even sex hormones have been held responsible for causing insomnia in women to some extent. Health risks associated with sleep deprivation in women is also more in comparison to men. If they sleep for less than 7 hours per day, they become more prone to hypertension which leads to cardiovascular problems.

It has been proved that the level of Interleukin-6 (marker related to coronary heart disease) is usually lower in women who sleep for approximately 8 hours. But the level of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) that predicts future cardiovascular morbidity is high in women who get to sleep for five hours or less. Due to the rise in stress levels, people are either facing difficulty in sleeping, waking up at night or waking up very early in the morning. Several psychiatric disorders are linked to difficulties in getting proper sleep.

Lack of sleep in some women also emerges secondary to menstrual symptoms such as headache, bloating, tenderness of breasts or cramps. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) also affects the chances of getting sound sleep. Some studies reveal the side effects of sleep deprivation in women while other studies reveal the negative effects of sleeping more than nine hours. If postmenopausal women sleep for more than nine hours, there are chances of them getting ischemic strokes. The risk is 60-70% higher in women who have gone through menopause as compared to women who sleep less than nine hours.

In yet another interesting study conducted on women, it was found that older women sleep for longer hours as compared to men. This certainly breaks the misconception of women having poor sleep than men. It was concluded that women aged between 59-79, slept 16 minutes longer and their sleep was less fragmented. However, the difference in few cases was caused due to the consumption of liquor and use of medicines. Even though different studies reveal different results, the end result remains the same - sound sleep of approximately 8 hours is required for good health.