Sleeping pill use indicator of a future need for blood pressure medications

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While it may help you to sleep, regular use of sleeping pill use linked to a greater need for blood pressure medications, a recent study suggests.

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Washington DC: While it may help you to sleep, regular use of sleeping pill use linked to a greater need for blood pressure medications, a recent study suggests.

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The association was observed regardless of sleep duration and quality, body mass index, diet, physical activity, and hypertension control.

The findings, published in the Journal of Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 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.

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"Previous reports on associations of sleep characteristics with blood pressure and hypertension were focused on middle-aged adults; however these associations were absent or inconsistent among older adults," said Jose Banegas, senior of the study. (ANI)

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