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BMJ Open. 2019 Nov 28;9(11):e031126. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031126.

Association between sleep duration and hypertension of migrant workers in China: a national cross-sectional surveillance study.

Author information

1
National Center for Chronic and Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China.
2
Department of Health and Human Physiology and Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA qian-xiao@uiowa.edu wanglimin@ncncd.chinacdc.cn.
3
National Center for Chronic and Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China qian-xiao@uiowa.edu wanglimin@ncncd.chinacdc.cn.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the relationship between sleep duration and hypertension of migrant workers aged 18-59 years in China.

DESIGN:

Population-based cross-sectional study using a complex survey sampling design.

PARTICIPANTS:

There were 43 655 subjects in our analysis, after excluding people with missing information for key exposure and outcome variables and abnormal values for sleep duration (≤2 or ≥17 hours).

PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURE:

Hypertension was defined as systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥140 mm Hg and/or diastolic BP ≥90 mm Hg, or self-reported history of hypertension diagnosis in hospitals at the township (community) level or above and use of hypertensive medicine in the last 2 weeks.

RESULTS:

Of 43 655 subjects, 15.6% (95% CI 15.1% to 16.1%) of migrant workers had hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension decreased with the increased sleep duration, both in males and females. Logistic regression models, using 7-8 hours sleep/day as the reference, showed a greater odds for hypertension among men and women who reported <6 hours of sleep after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, behavioural risk factors, body mass index, diabetes, stroke and myocardial infarction (men: OR 1.26; 95% CI 1.03 to 1.54, women: OR 1.55; 95% CI 1.13 to 2.06, pinteraction =0.096). Further stratified by age and migration time, it revealed that among adults less than 45 years old, those sleeping 9 or more hours had adjusted odds for hypertension of 0.82 (95% CI 0.72 to 0.93, pinteraction=0.020),while there was no evidence of an association between sleep duration and hypertension among adults aged 45-59 years. Among adults whose migration time was less than 4.5 years, those sleeping 9 or more hours had adjusted odds for hypertension of 0.80 (95% CI 0.68 to 0.94, pinteraction=0.097).

CONCLUSION:

The association between sleep duration and hypertension varies by age. Short sleep duration (<6 hours) is associated with an increased prevalence of hypertension in both genders.

KEYWORDS:

blood pressure; hypertension; migrant worker; sleep duration

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