One in three adults in the U.S. suffer from high blood pressure. That’s over 75 million people. But why am I smoking too much? Is loneliness a factor? Hang on. Is waiting too long to go to the bathroom heightening it? We’re talking all of that and more. Let’s talk eight things that are increasing your blood pressure.
1.Waiting too Long to use the Facilities
Yes, we are starting out strong. We’ve all been there desperately running around trying to find the bathroom when there’s none in sight. While you’re busy focusing on how uncomfortable it is, there’s something you need to take into account. Waiting to go to the bathroom can actually affect your blood pressure. Studies show that emptying your bladder can lower your blood pressure significantly, especially after waiting extended periods of time. Urinary retention, the inability to fully empty your bladder or even start urinating is shown to spike your blood pressure level. If your urinary tract becomes infected, this can eventually lead to a high blood pressure reading as well as kidney damage.
It’s about to get dark.Who knew that spending massive amounts of time alone can increase your blood pressure? The truth is that life can get lonely, which can take a terrible toll on your health. Before I explain any further, I think I need to bring up millimeters of mercury or mmHg. A little metric system action for you guys.
This is what they measure your blood pressure by. In a 2010 study, researchers found that those experiencing feelings of loneliness had a blood pressure increase of two mmHg. While this is a relatively minor difference from those who weren’t feeling lonely. An increase in blood pressure can potentially lead to a heart attack, stroke or kidney problem.
3. Waiting in the Doctor’s Office
There is another experience we’ve all had, or at least one will all have in time. The waiting room at the doctor’s office can be a cesspool of anxiety. Your knee nervously shaking as you sit upright in your chair, awaiting crucial results from an exam. It is simply terrifying. The average wait time for a U.S. doctor’s office is around 20 minutes. While this amount of time would seem like nothing anywhere else. It could feel like a year at the doctor’s office. This is why many waiting rooms have monitor machines available for patients to measure their blood pressure. Doctors can keep tabs on those with abnormal readings while they’re awaiting treatment. Blood pressure monitors also allow patients to educate themselves on the importance of taking control of their measurements.
4. Sleep Deprivation
There’s a lot of things that surprisingly spike your blood pressure. But losing sleep? Come on now. The average adult is recommended to get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Any less can affect your body’s ability to produce hormones, which will directly cause your blood pressure to increase. People who suffer from sleep apnea are also vulnerable to this increase, as if sleep apnea wasn’t frightening already. For those of you fortunate enough not to know about this affliction. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which the patient stops breathing while asleep, only to start again. When this happens, your blood oxygen level drops, resulting in an increase in heart problems and blood pressure. As you can imagine, sleep is pretty important. You guys, if you’d like to learn more about great sleep tips, check out our article on great sleep positions that can improve your health.
Also, are you a midnight eater? Don’t be ashamed. A lot of us are. Check out another article we have on six bedtime snacks you can eat that will help you sleep.
5. Smoking Cigarettes
Let’s face it, guys. This one ain’t exactly a curve ball. Of course, smoking hurts your blood pressure.
Remember a minute ago when we discussed millimeters of mercury while smoking a cigarette, your blood pressure will immediately see a rise anywhere from five to 10 mmh G. After about 20 minutes, it’s set to return back to normal. A smoking habit can narrow your arteries, leading to things such as you guessed it, heart disease and stroke.
We cannot say this with enough emphasis. Drink your water, people. In the world of high blood pressure, nothing spells it out quite like missing out on the fluids. When one becomes dehydrated, your body works to constrict your blood vessels. This eventually results in an increase in blood pressure, which can lead to hypertension. We are not saying carrying your own personal water bottle is going to prevent all of this, but it will.
Is there anything that can’t increase her blood pressure at this point? I mean, it’s very disconcerting when substances we take to improve our health. Her also hurting us. Just take anti-depressants. Wait. I don’t mean take any depressants as in you need them. I mean, listen to this. You know, what never mind. Anti-depressants drastically affect your blood pressure over time. Are you familiar with the chemical serotonin and dopamine? I’m sure you’ve heard of them, but I’ll explain anyways, just to hear myself talk. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter meant to help your brain regulate things like mood, appetite and social behavior, among other things. Dopamine is another neurotransmitter that assists your body with motivation and movement. When a patient consumes anti-depressants, their bodies reaction to serotonin and dopamine changes. This causes internal tension resulting in your blood pressure raising.
But it’s not just anti-depressants. Depression alone can be a heavy burden on your physical health.
While many of you probably associate high blood pressure with anxiety and paranoia, a feeling of emotional despair can cause hypertension as well. This is likely fueled by two factors we’ve discussed. Smoking and sleep deprivation. In a study of 3000 adults during the 1970s, researchers initially took note of how each person was feeling mentally. When the researchers measured their blood years later, they discovered that those who reported depression and anxiety were two to three times more likely to have hypertension.
8. Eating Seafood
Remember how it seemed like almost anything could cause your blood pressure to shoot up? There’s no doubt that a steady diet of crummy foods can lead DI pretension. But seafood. Give me a break. We’ve all heard about Seafoods Health Benefits. It’s low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in proteinHealth professionals recommend you consume no more than twenty three hundred milligrams of sodium per day. Did you know that the average can of tuna contains over 300 milligrams? Doesn’t seem like that much. Right. Well, a serving of crab legs contains as much as 800 to 1000 milligrams of sodium. If I were you, I’d skip the new seafood restaurant down the street, put both tuna and crab legs together, and your heart’s in for one heck of a wild ride. When you consume too much salt, your body will hold onto whatever water it can in order to flush it out of your system.
As a result, the water puts pressure on your heart and blood vessels, causing your blood pressure to rise. Clear my schedule, guys. I’ll be spending the next few hours cleaning out my freezer.
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Do any of these factors apply to you? Sound off in the comment section.