Sleeping pill use linked to greater need for blood pressure medications

blood pressure
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

In a Geriatrics & Gerontology International study of 752 older adults with hypertension followed from 2008-2010 through 2012-2013, using sleeping pills on a regular basis was linked with use of an increasing number of blood pressure medications over time.

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

Although additional research is needed to understand this link, the findings suggest that sleeping pill use may be an indicator of a future need for greater hypertension treatment and the need to investigate underlying or unhealthy lifestyles that may contribute to hypertension.

"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 ," said senior author Dr. José Banegas, of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in Spain.

More information: Ana Hernández‐Aceituno et al, Association between sleep characteristics and antihypertensive treatment in older adults, Geriatrics & Gerontology International (2019). DOI: 10.1111/ggi.13660

Provided by Wiley
Citation: Sleeping pill use linked to greater need for blood pressure medications (2019, April 3) retrieved 23 September 2023 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Relation of poor sleep quality to resistant hypertension


Feedback to editors