Do You Have High Blood Pressure Or Sleep Apnea?


I suspect that many of the millions of people who are faithfully taking high blood pressure medicine don’t really have high blood pressure. They may instead have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

If you snore or lose sleep and seem to wake up tired, you may have OSA. This can lead to a host of health problems such as high blood pressure, acid reflux, frequent nighttime urination, memory loss, stroke, depression, diabetes or even heart attack.

I used to wake up with very high blood pressure and had to hurriedly take blood pressure medicine. One day, a cardiologist suggested that I be tested for sleep apnea. I had already been tested and had a CPAP machine that I used occasionally.

Well, the lights came on. I realized that I did not awaken with high blood pressure as long as I used the machine by wearing my mask each night. I rested much better, four to five hours at a time, and didn’t wake up for frequent nighttime urination.

Follow-up reading suggested that a chin strap worn while sleeping would stop the mouth from falling open, stop the snoring and possibly take the place of the CPAP machine. The chin strap prevents the jaw, throat and tongue muscles from relaxing by holding the mouth closed while sleeping; therefore, there is no obstruction of the airway passage.

I have tried a chin strap while napping and found it very helpful. However, I am not quite ready to exchange my CPAP machine for a chin strap. The CPAP machine provides forced air at the nose. I am at least suspicious that the simple chin strap may be a low-cost substitute for the CPAP machine.

The whole idea here is that if you can stop the snoring by holding your mouth shut with a chin strap, you can stop or alleviate OSA. I am not prepared to tell you this is true, but I suspect it.

A recent case study published by Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine concludes that wearing a simple chin strap while you sleep can be an effective treatment for OSA.

Snoring reduction may help increase oxygen levels, improve REM (deep) sleep, diminish daytime fatigue and lower blood pressure.

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Bob Livingston

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  • question_er

    I’ve never tried a CPAP machine but my Dad has one and I couldn’t sleep with that mask on. Gotta be a better way…

    • Robert Smith

      Very simple… Deal with the CPAP machine (or successful surgery or other treatment) or die early.

      I need to get rid of 100 pounds and maybe I can get rid of the machine. The mask is the price I’m paying to drink too much port, eat too much pasta, pizza and perogies, and not get enough exercise.


  • Miguel

    Sleep apnea is not always due to obstruction (which also causes snoring); it can sometimes be due to nervous system problems (central sleep apnea). Using CPAP only occasionally is a bad idea. If you need it, use it every time you go to sleep. If you have trouble tolerating conventional full-face masks, try the Respironics Fit-Life mask. It has made a huge difference for me! (No, I do not work for Respironics; I was not paid to say this!) Also, a BiPAP (bi-level PAP) machine is much easier to tolerate than a regular CPAP machine because you do not exhale against the constant, elevated air pressure.