Getting up to go to the bathroom in the night isn’t just annoying—it may be a sign of hypertension. If you have high blood pressure, you are 56 percent more likely to be hitting the head two or more times a night, versus those who sleep soundly, research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles finds.

It’s an important clue, since high blood pressure often has no symptoms; unless you have an annual checkup, you might not know you’re running the risk of serious cardiovascular issues. “If blood pressure is elevated, the kidneys filter more blood and produce more urine,” says study co-author and cardiologist Florian Rader, M.D. Getting up once in a while is OK, but if it’s consistent, see a doctor.

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