What causes morning high blood pressure and are there things we can do to prevent or alleviate it?
There are many daily body functions that work in a set pattern and high blood pressure is also one that follows a pattern that is known as diurnal.
High Blood Pressure Increases as the Day Goes On
It has been found that blood pressure generally subsides in the night time when a person is asleep and in the morning, high blood pressure begins to rise when one wakes up and it reaches its peak at about the middle of the afternoon. And, during the latter part of the afternoon and towards evening, your blood pressure will once again start to come down.
So, if you are wondering what the factors that cause morning high blood pressure really is, you can be sure that you will find many different ones that may be quite different from one another.
To begin with, morning high blood pressure can be caused because high blood pressure itself has been poorly controlled, and also because of sleep apnea. Other reasons why a person should have morning high blood pressure include tumors of the adrenal gland, disease of the kidneys, taking medications of which corticosteroids would be a good example, working in night shifts and drinking a lot of caffeine. It can also be due to excessive smoking and even stress beyond acceptable limits can contribute to morning high blood pressure.
The best person to evaluate the significance of your morning high blood pressure is your doctor who may even ask you to undergo a complete day of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring using an automatic digital blood pressure monitor.
This device checks your blood pressure regularly at specified intervals for the duration of a complete twenty-four hour period and which is able to give an accurate picture of how your blood pressure changed during the course of the twenty-four hours that you were tested.
Some doctors even believe that spikes in morning high blood pressure in the elderly is especially a dangerous thing and according to certain studies on the elderly, it has been found that such spikes in morning high blood pressure can be a major cause for having a stroke.
In fact, under such circumstances, it has been found that persons with spikes in their morning high blood pressure were thrice as likely to have a stroke as compared with those that did not have any morning spikes in their blood pressure, and that the persons having spiked morning high blood pressure were in need of long lasting medications to lower their blood pressure.