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DID YOU KNOW? Sleeping pill use linked with high blood pressure.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Relying on sleeping pills regularly to get to sleep appears to increase the likelihood of a person needing to take blood pressure medications over time, according to a study of 752 older patients.

The findings suggest that using sleeping pills may be a marker for future high blood pressure and an unhealthy lifestyle that may contribute to it. The study's senior author, Dr Jose Banegas, of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, said: "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."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 3, 2019
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