Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Hypertens. 1996 May;9(5):503-5.

Effects of a restricted sleep regimen on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in normotensive subjects.

Author information

Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pavia, Italy.


The influence of sleep deprivation during the first part of the night on 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) was studied in 18 normotensive subjects. They underwent two ABPM, one week apart: during the first, they slept from 11 PM to 7 AM, and during the second, from 2 AM to 7 AM. The main differences were observed at dawn, before awakening, when SBP and DBP significantly decreased (P < .01) in the restricted sleep regimen, and during the morning after the recovery sleep, when SBP and HR significantly increased (P < .05). The explanation for these findings is not obvious. We suppose that the decrease in SBP and DBP at dawn might be due to a reorganization of the sleep phases in the restricted sleep regimen, whereas the increase in SBP and HR after awakening might be due to a greater sympathetic activation, as though sleep deprivation was a stressful condition.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center