I had never thought of the connection between the 2 diseases until now, though I have symptoms of both and use CPAP therapy nightly.
Sleep Apnea and high blood pressure are closely related. As blood oxygen declines during the night, as is common for someone who has untreated Sleep Apnea, it has a side effect of raising blood pressure levels. When blood oxygen content is low, the brain sends signals to the blood vessels to tighten as a way of helping improve the flow of blood oxygen.
Sleep Apnea plays a very important role in causing high blood pressure, but it is not the only cause1. High blood pressure has been linked to many things, including:
- Alcohol Consumption
- Caffeine Intake
- Sleep Conditions