Taking your blood pressure at home can be a more reliable way of getting a true picture of your blood pressure as you will normally be more relaxed and less anxious than when you are in your doctor's surgery.
1. Make sure that you wear loose clothing or short sleeves so that you can slide the cuff onto your upper arm.
2. Rest your arm on a table so that it is on a level with your heart.
3. Make sure you are sitting comfortably.
4. Relax. Take a few minutes to breathe calmly and compose yourself.
5. Avoid coffee, food, tobacco and alcohol for at least 30 minutes before your measurement as they can all cause your blood pressure to rise.
6. Sit quietly and don't talk when you are taking your blood pressure as talking can cause your blood pressure to rise.
6. After you have taken the first reading, wait for a few minutes and repeat. You can do this up to 3 times and take the average of the 3 readings.