Causes of Morning High Blood Pressure
Morning time is probably the busiest time for many people. Time is usually short
and things to do numerous. Under such conditions, any person’s blood pressure can increase
slightly. However, for those people who are already suffering from high blood pressure, mornings
can be particularly stressful for their pressure. If hypertensive patients experience surges in
their blood pressure, they should consult their doctor immediately.
Blood pressure has a diurnal pattern. This means that it will peak at some fixed
time during the day. For most people, it is late afternoon while for others, their blood pressure
peaks in the morning. Its causes vary from the ordinary such as working late night to as serious as
adrenal gland tumours or kidney problems. Other reasons for these spikes in blood pressure are use
of tobacco or caffeine, certain medications like corticosteroids, sleep apnea, stress and poorly
controlled blood pressure.
If you are experiencing sudden rise in blood pressure in the mornings, then it
is better to visit a doctor who will prescribe some medication that can be taken before going to
bed. These medicines start working before you wake up the next morning and prevent blood pressure
from increasing suddenly.
A research that studied the effect of lack of sleep on people from ages 32 to
59, found out that people who slept for six hours or more each night had less chances of developing
high blood pressure in the mornings than those who had less than six hours of sleep each night.
Furthermore, younger people who slept less than six hours were at a far more risk of developing
high blood pressure than 59 years old. The research concluded that people who do not take a full
night’s sleep for extended periods of time, are vulnerable to blood pressure fluctuations in the
People suffering from surges of blood pressure in the mornings
People suffering from surges of blood pressure in the mornings,are also at risk
of heart attacks, also occurring frequently in the morning. According to Garret A. Fitzgerald,
M.D., director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of
Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, stress induced response of blood pressure in the morning is due
to the rising of caetcholamines (norepinephrine and epinephrine). These are connected with the
body’s clock. This clock can be stopped with drugs, thus preventing heart attacks. In this way,
many people will be benefited especially older people who usually suffer from increased blood
pressure in the morning.
According to Dr, Shafiq Qadri, high blood pressure surges in the morning should
not be taken lightly. If you are experiencing spikes in blood pressure in the morning, then you
should see a doctor immediately. Such people should also check their blood pressure throughout the
day at home with blood pressure monitors. They should look closely at the times when their blood
pressure fluctuates and the causes for it. In this way they will be better able to manage their
blood pressure problems and prevent strokes and heart disease.