There is much to be said about hidden low blood pressure symptoms and their less-known effects. Low pressure is NOT the topic health practitioners are much interested in. After all, hypotension does not seem to be a big killer.
Regardless of the predominant beliefs poor circulation has many far-reaching effects such as
- increased risk of falls
- chronic fatigue
- hair loss
- brittle nails and even
- weak immune system.
Three little-talked about topics were already covered in the previous parts. You can read about brain, energy, and immune system effects of poor circulation in the links below.
- Part 1 – hidden effects of poor circulation
- Part 2 – reasons behind morning grogginess
- Part 3 – low immune system connection
Low blood pressure symptoms at night
Getting up suddenly at night can lead to a sudden appearance of low blood pressure symptoms. Blacking out, seeing stars, or getting dizzy from standing is common and may be due to a phenomenon called postural hypotension. Postural hypotension is a medical name for a sudden drop in blood pressure that is greater than 10-20 pressure points. Many people experience the above described symptoms without realizing their significance. Postural hypotension is not something you want to have, so how can you find out if you have it?
Blood pressure drops are very common
Postural hypotension happens to as many as every 3rd individual[i]. It means that every 3rd person experiences blood pressure drop of an “unhealthy” magnitude. Many more people experience a drop of a lesser degree. Elderly, people on heart medications are especially prone to these blood pressure fluctuations. People with degenerative diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s are even more affected.
Postural hypotension and erratic heart behavior is very common and also extremely health-predictive. How can you test for it and what it means to you? These and other questions are answered in Revived!
Although minor drops and fluctuations of blood pressure are seldom explained to patients, many well-trained practitioners agree that postural hypotension, even of minor degree, can be a sign of nervous system instability and adrenal fatigue.
You can read more on postural hypotension, erratic heart numbers, and adrenal fatigue in these posts:
- Why does my blood pressure fluctuate?
- Common causes of fluctuating blood pressure
- Common causes for a weak heart
- What hides behind erratic numbers
- Foods that combat fluctuations
- Diet for adrenal fatigue that works
- Hypoglycemia symptoms for non-diabetics
Why people faint at night
Although living with a slight hypotension is not dangerous, waking up with low blood pressure in the middle of the night may prove to be disastrous. Few people know but low blood pressure symptoms are exacerbated by bladder urgency. Fainting happens to those who pee at night, because night-time pressure is much lower than daytime. Additionally, postural hypotension and the act of peeing make matters worse.
Fainting and peeing can go together
About one in ten people faint at least once in their lifetime during urination. This happens more to older individuals, which is not surprising, because blood pressure, bladder control, and nervous system stability gets worse with age. 12% of such falls end up with injuries. Some end up with breaking a bone some with some soft tissue injury, cuts and bruises.
tips to avoid low blood pressure pitfalls
What can you do if you get dizzy on getting up in the morning or at night? There are many remedial measures, so choose as many ask you can from the ones below:
- Drink enough water during the day to prevent dehydration; dehydration contributes to low blood pressure symptoms
- Avoid drinking alcohol at night; alcohol is dehydrating
- Do not go to bed hungry; eat something before retiring; low blood sugar can contribute to blood pressure drops; here is a perfect snack
- Do not avoid salt; it can keep your pressure higher; different salt types
- Ask your doctor to switch timing of your heart medication to prevent overly pronounced drop of blood pressure at night
- Keep your bedroom cooler; heat causes sweating, which can contribute to dehydration
- Urinate before going to bed; this may prevent you from having to rush to the bathroom in the middle of the night when the blood pressure is the lowest
- Wear compression socks to bed especially if you have varicose veins; compression socks will prevent blood from pooling in the legs; get compression stockings
- Add cayenne powder to your socks at night; this trick improves circulation
- For long term improvement of circulation in the legs consider wet socks, a grandma therapy for poor circulation;
- If you have to go at night sit down in bed first and then lean forward; stay like that for a minute and then get up slowly; this maneuver prevents rapid blood pressure drops
- Do not strain while on a toilet; straining activates vagus nerve that slows down the heart; vagus activation means even more low blood pressure symptoms
- Sit down when coughing; coughing slows down heart rate in the same way straining does, by activating vagus nerve
- Slow down your morning get ups; start with rotating your ankles and moving your feet up and down; this will push blood that has pooled up the legs
- If you start blacking out after standing hold on to something and bend forward; this rushes the blood to the head giving you some extra time to sit down safely