Posted by TAMI
on November 14, 2000 at 13:04:27:
In Reply to: Re: high blood pressure /sleeping posted by Andrea on November 12, 2000 at 10:52:20:
: : : Do you drink alcohol in the evening? - I'm willing to bet this is effectively related to your bodies reaction to alcohol - a sort of withdrawal.
: : How are you checking it during sleep???
: You may have sleep apnea (breathing stops for seconds or longer) which I am told might be the cause of high blood pressure that does not respond to medication. My husband is scheduled for a sleep test in January to determine if this is the cause of his hbp.
The sleep test is a very good idea as I had one done and was put on O2 during sleep to compensate for reduced O2 due to apnea and ^BP. I am now on O2 24/7 for congestive heart failure and find that my BP meds work best when I am well oxygenated.Also, the 2AM to 4AM time period is a low biorhythm time of day and IF things are going wrong that would be a classic time for it to happen. Blood sugar readings are lowest at this time as well.