Why Does Blood Pressure Raise at Night?
The heart pumps blood to all parts of the body and this blood is carried throughout the body via the arteries. The force with which the heart pumps the blood into the arteries is known as blood pressure. While there is no particular cause of blood pressure that has as yet been determined as a definite ground for the disease to develop, there are a number of factors which all add up to lead to the culmination of the condition.
When a specific cause is not known, the illness is referred to as primary high blood pressure. Many a time high blood pressure arises out of complications due to some other medical problem in such context it is called secondary high blood pressure.
Blood pressure alters throughout the day. Under normal circumstances, blood pressure is lowest while the person sleeps and higher during the daytime when a host of activities are being carried out.
When a person wakes up, the blood pressure is higher than normal. This is so because when the person gets up from a horizontal position, which is from lying down, a surge of adrenaline goes straight to the head and this increases the heart rate which in turn increases the blood pressure. While there can be minute to minute fluctuations in blood pressure, on an average most people are assumed to have low blood pressure at night.
Then why is it that sometimes your blood pressure is much higher at nigh than what it is during the day?
For this, researchers have found a variety of reasons.
One of the basic reasons for a spike in blood pressure levels at night is due to night-time noises which can range from traffic on the roads, to airplanes flying over-head to stray animals making a noise. These disturbances can cause the level of blood pressure to rise noticeably. Researchers have found that the rise in blood pressure is linked to the loudness level of the noise.
The decibel level of the noise source is the key factor in determining what kind of effect the noise has on the blood pressure of the listener. For some people, the noise of their partner snoring can cause enough of a disturbance to cause a fluctuation in their levels of blood pressure.
Blood pressure levels have also been linked to the weather and research has proven that during the daytime in hot weather the blood pressure falls but there is a marked increase in the level of systolic blood pressure at night. There has also been a recent study that has managed to find a link between the Restless Leg Syndrome and the development of cardiovascular disease through an increase in the level of blood pressure in people at night.
This is especially true in the case of elderly people. The symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome are basically in the form of an almost involuntary and unconscious movement of the legs at a period of every twenty to forty seconds. These movements are most pronounced at night as the person is not comfortable being still and at rest. These movements lead to a marked increase in the level of blood pressure, and as they are most common during the nighttime, before the person manages to fall asleep, there is a definite increase in the person’s blood pressure at night.
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