The symptoms for hypertension don’t show up until it’s too late and considerable damage has already been done to the heart, hence the name ‘Silent Killer’. Fortunately, it can be monitored and controlled pre-emptively, at home.
Every time you visit your drug store, you might have noticed the blood pressure machines in waiting areas for people to measure their pressure levels. We may just consider it a part of a simple health check-up routine but did you know blood pressure is one of the most important indicators of health? Blood pressure is defined as the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is produced primarily by the contraction of the heart muscle. Healthy blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 or lower.
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the strain on the heart, enough to cause serious problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates approximately 40 percent of people worldwide have high blood pressure. Hypertension is considered a significant risk factor for stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Keeping our blood pressure in check will eliminate the risk factor for the above-mentioned ailments.
AHA (American Health Association) 2017 guidelines define the above-given ranges of blood pressure
SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTENSION
Most people suffering from hypertension don’t experience any symptoms until it’s too late and the problem becomes a hypertensive crisis. In rare cases, high BP causes anxiety, excessive sweating, and sleep problems. Undetected, hypertension can cause damage to blood vessels, heart, and kidney. That’s why it’s important to regularly monitor our blood pressure.
HYPERTENSION AND SLEEP
Sleep helps our blood to regulate stress hormones. Insufficient sleep over a considerable period of time can hurt our body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure. Sleep problems or disorders can impact the quality or quantity of sleep. Any deterioration in sleep quality or quantity may be associated with an increase in blood pressure which could be the reason for the development or poor control of hypertension. Addressing sleep disorders or sleep habits is important when considering the risk of developing hypertension or the control of pre-existent hypertension. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is closely associated with the development of hypertension. Shorter and longer sleep durations are associated with prevalent or incident hypertension.
HOME REMEDIES TO CONTROL HYPERTENSION
You can follow these simple guidelines to control hypertension:
Keep your weight under control: Healthy eating and regular exercise can help to keep your weight under control. Losing weight will help in better blood sugar control, better blood pressure control, decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, increased levels of energy.
Limit your sodium intake: Sodium is an electrolyte that is needed for proper nerve and muscle function and it also helps balance the fluids in the body. As sodium and fluid build up in our tissues and bloodstream, our blood pressure rises. Most of the sodium we eat is in the form of salt. It may be salt that we add at the table or salt added to the processed foods we consume.
Get regular exercise: Exercising is a great way to burn fat. It also helps strengthen our heart muscles. Exercise can also reduce depression and anxiety as well as improve your psychological well-being. A good diet and a regular exercise regime can help keep hypertension under control.
Don’t let stress build up: When we are in a stressful situation our body produces a surge of hormones that can cause our blood pressure to shoot up and beat faster. Reacting to stress in unhealthy ways can, therefore, increase the risk of high blood pressure and eventually, cardiac arrests.
MONITOR YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME
Home monitoring of blood pressure can help you keep your blood pressure under control. It will help you understand that your lifestyle changes are working, and alert you of potential health complications. You can also use Dozee from the comfort of your home, to monitor your sleep pattern. Dozee also offers mindfulness programs to reduce stress and facilitate recovery.