I haver been on hypertension med for 48 yrs. I am 76 now retired and not leading a stressful life.
I am on 5mg lisinopril for hypertension once daily.
Problem: bp avg upon arising in am averages 190/100. After stirring around bp is normal and below for the rest of the day.
The last two nights, I have been very careful to sleep on my side and it has helped. ex: 142/83.
I am going to try wearing my partials tonight and see if that helps. (holding my jaws further apart).
Any advice, Tom
Your title mentions sleep apnea - have you been diagnosed or are you asking if sleep apnea can cause elevated blood pressure? Yes, untreated sleep apnea can cause elevated BP. Often sleep apnea is worst when sleeping on the back, so that could explain your BP being less when side sleeping. If you haven't hadn't a sleep study, it may be a good idea. Sleep apnea stresses the heart, which none of us need.
Are you having symptoms such as snoring (noticed by others!), day time tiredness, irritation or fatigue in the morning? Some patients with sleep apnea have these symptoms which become worse when you are lying on your back.
It is more common in obese patients and in smokers. Sleep apnea is associated with hypertension and other cardiac abnormalities. You should consult a sleep specialist to find out if you have sleep apnea and also consult your doctor to see if they need to adjust your hypertensive medications for a better control of blood pressure.
I had a sleep apnea test about twenty years ago. At that time I wieghed around 230 and am 6'1.
The test results were mild and no recommendations at that time.
I lost weight to 180 and never had a problem afterwards.
The reason for the test at that time was that if I were sitting and became drowsy, I would gasp for air. Although I had no problems after weight loss, My BP would be high in the morning especially if I rolled over on my back.
I sleep in a recliner and have found that if I can stay on my side during the night, my pressure is closer to normal in the morning. I have been sleeping on my side for about a week now.
I sleep alone and none near to say whether I snore, but sometimes wake with a very dry mouth which I suppose is due to snoring. Non smoker
Thank you so much for your reply Doctor.
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