Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Honours Presentation: Ratna Putri Galisia

SPHPM student Ratna Putri Galisia will be investigating if sleep patterns have an effect on cardiovascular disease in the elderly as her Honours project.

1835 participants, all older people with high blood pressure, have responded to her questionnaire.  She inquired about both the quality and quantity of their sleep, and their cardiovascular health.

Studies show that our sleep patterns have declined over the past century, from around 9 hours to 6 hours per night. There has also been an increase in sleeping disorders, like insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Similarly, 21.5 percent of Australian adults suffer from high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. This increases to over 72% in the elderly, with men more likely to be affected.

Previous research has suggested there is an association between sleep deprivation and high blood pressure. Ratna expects to see similar results in her study.

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