According to AHA high blood pressure research 2012 scientific researchers found a strong link between sleep quality and a type of Hypertension known as "resistant Hypertension" which does not respond to drug based treatment.
Blood Pressure means the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system, often measured for diagnosis since it is closely related to the force and rate of the heartbeat and the diameter and elasticity of the arterial walls.
OSA is known to be associated with Blood Pressure. It is found that 1/2 of OSA patients have High Blood Pressure and 25% of High Blood Pressure patients have OSA.If sleep is less than 6 hrs (partial sleep deprivation) there is an increased risk of developing Hypertension as well as Obesity.
It is thought that sleep helps your body regulate stress hormones and also helps your nervous system remain healthy.
Over time, a Lack of sleep activates stress systems and hurts body's ability to regulate stress hormones which in turn leads to their accumulation and elevation of BP. Another risk associated with Sleep Apnea is decreased insulin sensitivity and net increase in insulin which leads to elevation of Blood Pressure and Diabetes.