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high blood pressure upon awakening

My mother, age 77, just discovered she has extremely high blood pressure when she first wakes up in the morning.  After about 20 minutes it returns to a lower/acceptable reading.  After her medication it remains normal until the next morning.  She was diagnosed with sleep apnea (not sure of spelling), has the equipment and has adjusted well.  Regardless of the sleeping equipment, she's still experiencing elevated blood pressure.  Ex., this a.m her first reading was 189/97.  Any suggestions as to what's going on, what tests should be conducted, or any advise will be greatly appeciated.  She's in excellent health otherwise.  Thank you again so much!!!!
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It sounds like a circadian problem, often cured by resetting the circadian rhythym, which can be achieved on ocasion through use of melatonin. This is just a guess, mind you, but the U.S. military produced a volume on the effects of the circadian rhthym on various body functions during the 1950's that suggest a correlation.
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