the initial few months after a break up, sleep issues are probably
normal and this is an adjustment process that people can typically
cope with well. However, sleep issues that persist for an extended
period may mean that you are potentially becoming depressed, leaving
you vulnerable to health problems.
study looked at as many as 138 people who had divorced their partner
about four months before the start of the study.
Sbarra, an associate professor of psychology at University of
, US, explained that the participants were asked to report
on their quality of sleep and higher blood pressure was also
saw changes in resting blood pressure were associated with sleep
issues three months earlier. Earlier sleep issues predicted rise in
resting blood pressure over time," Sbarra said.
the study found that the longer sleep problems in people persisted
after their break up, the more likely those problems were to have an
adverse effect on the blood pressure.
Krietsh, Sbarra's former student and now pursuing her doctorate in
clinical psychology at University
US, said that people who have persistent difficulties sleeping after a break up
should discover new ways to relax at bedtime. The study will be
published in the journal Health