What is Morning Surge?
Windowofworld.com – The term morning surge might still sound unfamiliar to your ears. Morning surge is a condition when blood pressure rises in the morning. Many consider that this condition can cause heart attacks. However, whether the assumption is true?
The cause of the occurrence of morning surge so far has not been known with certainty. However, an increase in blood pressure in the morning due to morning surge is thought to be related to the circadian rhythm or regulator of the body’s natural sleep cycle centered on the brain.
When you wake up, the brain releases several hormones, such as cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. The release of these hormones is thought to be a cause of increased blood pressure in the morning.
Apart from the release of hormones in the morning, several studies have shown that certain factors, such as stress, excessive salt consumption, smoking habits, or lack of sleep, can also increase the risk of morning surge.
Getting to Know More About Morning Surge
Morning surge is actually not a disease, but a natural mechanism to prepare the body for undergoing activities after waking up. Therefore, morning surge is generally not dangerous.
However, morning surge can be dangerous in people who have high blood pressure or uncontrolled hypertension. When high blood pressure is not controlled, this condition tends to get worse in the morning when you just wake up, precisely when there is a morning surge.
Very high blood pressure can increase the risk of interruption in blood flow or even rupture of blood vessels in the body’s organs. This can then cause various cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and heart attacks.
Relationship between Morning Surge and Heart Attack
Under normal conditions, morning surge usually will only cause a slight increase in blood pressure in the morning and not dangerous. Blood pressure that rises slightly will generally fall back during the day.
New morning surge is at risk of causing health problems, such as heart attacks, when it occurs in people with hypertension that are not handled properly or are not diagnosed. Heart attacks themselves can actually occur at any time and is an emergency condition that needs to be dealt with immediately.
When having a heart attack in the morning or after waking up, a person can experience symptoms of severe chest pain that radiates to the neck, jaw, shoulder, or back, shortness of breath, headache, weakness, cold sweat, and palpitations.
Therefore, to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke in the morning when the body experiences a morning surge, you need to keep your blood pressure stable in the following ways:
- Doing exercise regularly and regularly
- Have a healthy, balanced nutritious diet and limit salt intake (no more than 2 teaspoons per day)
- Limit consumption of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks
- Stay away from cigarettes or cigarette smoke
- Get enough sleep
- Reducing stress
In addition, you also need to do regular health checks to the doctor to measure blood pressure and assess whether you are at risk of heart disease. In addition to the doctor’s office, blood pressure checks can also be done at home using a tensimeter.
If the results of these tests indicate that you have high blood pressure or are at risk of heart disease, your doctor will give you medications, such as antihypertensive drugs, to treat the condition you are suffering from and to prevent complications when your body experiences morning surge.