Higher BP in morning?

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Hello,

Apologies if this question has been asked before. I check my BP at home - morning and late at night. I find that BP readings are higher in the morning, especially not long after rising, and lower at night.

Do others have the same experience, and is there a know reason for this?

Thanks.

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    Mornings are normally high. Early evening is another peak time. It's that way with most people.

    I never take mine first thing in the morning now and wait an hour.

    Even when I've had a 24 hour BP monitor they always say it is the average that counts.

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    Yes, I have that too, it seems a common pattern.

    Though I think I asked my doctor about it once, and just got a shrug.

    Have never heard a "why".

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      You get a shrug, I get a raised eyebrow.

      Rises to face the day. A doctor I had put a BP monitor on a fit nurse and she was surprised to see how much her BR varied during the day.

      From the Mayo clinic. Blood pressure has a daily pattern. Blood pressure is normally lower at night while you're sleeping. Your blood pressure starts to rise a few hours before you wake up. Your blood pressure continues to rise during the day, usually peaking in the middle of the afternoon. Then in the late afternoon and evening, your blood pressure begins dropping again.

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      Yah. That's why I can't even begin to figure how most doctors today still think that checking your BP once every year, in their office, is sufficient to diagnose anything.

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      Especially if like me you have White Coat Hypertension. So now my doctor accepts my home readings. Also with AF my irregular heart rate can confuse the monitor.

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    Thank you to everyone for sharing their experience.

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