If you’re anything like me (sorry, by the way, if you are), you prefer to take all your medications at a time when you will remember every day to take them, which for me – most of you – is the morning when you’re still thinking a wee bit sharply.
But a new study from Spain that followed 19000 people on high blood pressure (HBP) medications (and published in the European Heart Journal) found that people who take their HBP meds at night tend to do significantly better in several important parameters than people who take their HBP drugs in the morning.
Better means that the night-takers had about a 40-50 % lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure than did the morning-takers.
And most important for most of us, I think, the night-takers were much less likely to die of an HBP complication.
Why the difference?
Probably because BP control while you’re asleep is most important in lowering the cardiovascular risks from HBP.
An important caveat, though, from someone who has to take a diuretic for his HBP: Diuretics, which work very well, make you pee much more so taking such a drug at night may lead to getting up more often to empty your bladder and that’s a real risk factor for falling in all us aging folks.
That said, it’s hard to argue with the results in this study and I think that anyone on any HBP med should talk to their doctor about this finding and whether it should affect the time at which you take your HBP meds (might help, too, if you bring in a copy of this study or a report about the findings, but please don’t mention that I’m the guy who suggested that).