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Sleep, Health, and Wellness Study

Are you interested in getting your blood pressure measured? Would you like to know how your blood pressure fluctuates over the working day? If so, you may be interested in taking part in a research study examining the influence of everyday factors on blood pressure throughout the working day.

Researchers in the School of Psychology and the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress are about to embark on an ambitious research study examining the influence of work-life balance, social networks, and sleep duration on physical health. While some studies have indicated that people with chronic short sleep duration have greater risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, laboratory studies have found that sleep deprivation has no effect on blood pressure elevations in response to stress. The aim of the present study, funded by the Health Research Board (HRB), is to examine this anomaly, helping elucidate if short sleep duration contributes to ill-health through blood pressure responses to stress in our daily lives.

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