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Sleep issues can accompany decision to divorce

For many Maryland residents, the end of a marriage marks the beginning of sleep troubles. The stress and anxieties that accompany divorce can take a toll on one’s mental and physical well-being, and problems with sleep are among the most common maladies suffered by divorcing spouses. It is important that spouses take care to get sufficient sleep, which not only makes it easier to deal with the issues surrounding their divorce but can also stave off serious health problems.

A recent study looked at the sleep habits of 138 individuals who had recently gone through a divorce. Researchers found that many of the participants experienced sleep problems in the early weeks and months following their divorce. An evaluation of their quality of their sleep and measurement of blood pressure levels was conducted at each of three lab visits over a period of seven-and-a-half months.

Researchers found that many of the respondents who reported having difficulty sleeping during the first few weeks exhibited elevated blood pressure during later testing. This suggests that a lack of adequate sleep could lead to a delayed negative effect on their blood pressure levels. It also seemed that individuals who had problems sleeping for more than 10 weeks after their divorce were even more likely to have high blood pressure than those whose sleeping habits went back to normal after that timeframe.

Taking care of oneself during a divorce is an important part of maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. For those in Maryland who are preparing to end their marriage, it is important to ensure that the legal aspects of the divorce process are handled efficiently and with an eye toward one’s best interests. By doing so, spouses can gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their divorce is on track to a favorable outcome, which can help anyone gain a better night’s sleep.

Source: Epoch Times, "Loss of Sleep After Divorce can Spike Blood Pressure", , July 26, 2014

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