Sleep apnea impairs your ability to regulate blood pressure

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A recent study revealed that, a solitary bout of sleep apnea – a condition where breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout sleep — influences your ability to regulate blood pressure. Sleep apnea can result in regular periods of down oxygen levels in the body, known as intermittent hypoxia. Study has also further established that, just six hours of the changeable oxygen levels linked with sleep apnea can commence to deteriorate a person’s circulatory system.

Researcher Glen Foster, Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Canada has conveyed that, while it is well established that sleep apnea is associated to high blood pressure, our study found this condition has an impact on the cardiovascular system that can commence within a single day.

Glen Foster has also further conveyed that, following just six hours of fluctuating oxygen levels, similar to what happens with sleep apnea, the body’s ability to regulate blood pressure is impaired. Foster has also further conveyed adding that, these changes happened almost instantly in healthy young adults who were not experiencing the cumulative effects years of sleep apnea could bring about.

Foster investigates the impact of intermittent hypoxia on the cardiovascular system in a few healthy young adults. Study members wore a ventilating mask for six hours and oxygen levels were distorted to mimic sleep apnea symptoms.

 The study established that sleep apnea compromised the function of a person’s baroreceptors–biological sensors that control blood pressure. It also established damaging blood flow patterns in the legs, which over time could impact vascular health.

Glen Foster has also further conveyed that, these findings recommend that interventions for people suffering sleep apnea should occur as soon as the circumstance is diagnosed.