Effect of Sleep Disorders on Blood Pressure and Hypertension in Children

L.M. DelRosso, M.P. Mogavero, R. Ferri

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Purpose of Review: In this review, we aim to discuss the pathophysiologic basis of hypertension in sleep disorders and the current evidence in the medical literature linking sleep disorders and hypertension in children. Recent Findings: The medical literature in adults is clear about the contribution of sleep disorders, poor sleep quality, and sleep deprivation to hypertension and increased cardiovascular risk. The literature on cardiovascular consequences of sleep disorders in children is not as robust, but there is some evidence of early cardiovascular changes in children with sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea. Summary: Children with obstructive sleep apnea have increased sympathetic activation during sleep, blunted dipping, or elevated systolic or diastolic pressures. Although the literature on other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome is scarce, there is evidence in adults and some recent supportive data in children. © 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number88
JournalCurrent Hypertension Reports
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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