Your body could be telling you something you need to pay attention to. The more you wake up to pee, the higher your risk.
One of the best ways you can end a stressful day is by keeping all your worries aside and sinking into your bed for a peaceful night's worth of sleep. But it can be really annoying when something disturbs you in the middle of your calming sleep – when you feel that intense urge to go pee.
Apart from the struggle to fall back to sleep, getting up to go to the bathroom at night might come with other issues. It can be seen as your body's way of telling you something serious that you haven't been paying attention to. And higher the number of times you have to pee at night, higher is the risk of certain medical conditions.
Scientists have found that the urge to pee at night is linked to high blood pressure, according to The Sun. It raises your chances of having high blood pressure by 40 percent; the more trips you take to the bathroom, the higher is your risk.
High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to even more serious issues like heart diseases and the risk of stroke. When you have high blood pressure or hypertension, it means the blood in your body is flowing through blood vessels with consistently high force. Having high blood pressure increase the chances of premature death as well. Along with an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks, high blood pressure can also lead to loss of vision, heart failure, cause sexual dysfunction and even cause kidney failure, according to American Heart Association.
If you're someone who often wakes up at night to pee, then you have what's known as nocturia. "Literally, nocturia just means having to get up at night to urinate," says Dr. Anurag Das, according to Harvard Health Publishing. While waking up once in a while might not be something to worry about, it may need your attention when it starts bothering you more than it should.
There could be several reasons why you have to wake up to pee in between your sleep, such as an overgrown prostrate, obstructive sleep apnea, and fluid buildup. And after this study, high blood pressure is another reason that's added to the list.
"More than one billion people have high blood pressure worldwide. High blood pressure is the leading global cause of premature death, accounting for almost ten million deaths in 2015," said ESC President Professor Barbara Casadei from the University of Oxford. When you know what to watch out for, you can keep a better check on your health.
One of the most common factors that can spike your blood pressure levels is the amount of salt you consume. You may not think about it when you add salt to your food but the more you sprinkle, the more is your risk of high blood pressure. Because of this, researchers warned the participants of the study, who were from Japan and generally consume more salt, about their sodium intake and the health issues it can lead to.
High blood pressure can be dangerous and it is generally referred to as the "silent killer". This could be either because it does not come with noticeable signs or symptoms or because people are not aware of them. When high blood pressure goes untreated, it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
In America, it is said that roughly half of the country's adults have high blood pressure but not all of them are aware of it. It's best to pay your doctor a visit and get your blood pressure levels checked. The sooner you know, the faster you will be able to get yourself the right medication or make suitable changes to your lifestyle so that it doesn't lead to more severe problems.
Simple things like eating a healthier and including more physical activity to your routine can make a big difference and lower your blood pressure. Ensure that your stress levels are also under control, as that too, can increase your risk of high blood pressure.
"ESC guidelines recommend medication to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease," said Professor Casadei. "A healthy lifestyle is also advised, including salt restriction, alcohol moderation, healthy eating, regular exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation."