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Sleep disorders ‘can lead to heart problems’

9th September 2009

People suffering from insomnia could find that they experience more cardiac problems, according to new research.

The study, conducted by the Universite de Montreal, compared the blood pressure of people suffering from sleep disorders that of candidates who sleep normally and found that the insomniacs had higher blood pressure at night.

In the article, published by the Associated Professional Sleep Society, it is claimed that insomnia affects 48 per cent of people at some point in their lives.

Dr Paola Lanfranchi, lead author of the report, claimed that a period of high blood pressure could do damage to an otherwise healthy person if it were to go on over a number of years.

She said: “Whereas blood pressure decreases in regular sleepers and gives their heart a rest, insomnia provokes higher night-time blood pressure that can cause long-term cardiovascular risks and damage the heart.”

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