Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Tuesday, 30th August - British Heart Foundation

I very nearly bought a lovely item in Cancer Research UK, but there was something in the volunteer's tone (perhaps she'd been transferred from the notorious Oxfam store in my town!), that made me think I shouldn't proceed with the purchase!

After putting that down, I then nearly bought something else but thought it was too expensive, so headed into the British Heart Foundation shop just steps away where I bought this very useful item that I would like to donate to the old lady that I often see. It's a pill dispenser which is brilliant for people who need to take tablets and then can't remember whether they've taken or not - it's quite easy to forget whether you did or not!

New research has shown that poor quality sleep puts older men at an increased risk of high blood pressure.

The study looks at reduced slow wave sleep (SWS), which is characterised by non-rapid eye movement (REM) from which it’s difficult to wake up from. The findings showed men who spent less than four percent of their sleep time in SWS were significantly more likely to develop high blood pressure.

Natasha Stewart, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Whilst this study does suggest a link between lack of sleep and the development of high blood pressure, it only looked at men aged over 65. We would need to see more research in other age groups and involving women to confirm this particular association.

“However, we do know more generally that sleep is essential for staying healthy. It’s important we all try to make sleep a priority and get our six to eight hours of shut-eye a night.”

The research was published Hypertension, a journal of American Heart Association


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