Insomnia is a common experience in patients with CKD, which reduces the life quality of the patients. Greater awarenss of insomnia and CKD, as well as medical treatment, help patients get a remission from sleep disorder and kidney problem.
What Is Insomnia?
Insomnia is an inability to get the amount of sleep needed to function efficiently during the daytime. It is caused by difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep or waking up too early in the morning. Insomnia affects an estimated 30-70% of people with CKD.
How are Sleep Problem and CKD Connected?
Among people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the prevalence of sleep disturbances has been estimated to be as high as 80%. These sleep concerns take a variety of forms, are attributed to many causes.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to be interrupted or stopped during sleep. Breathing can stop for more than 10 seconds while you are in a deep sleep. These non-breathing intervals are called apneas. Sleep apnea is a common cause for poor sleep, which affects about 50% of people with stage 5 CKD.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome, or your doctor may call it as RLS, affects from 60~80% of people with CKD. Restless Leg Syndrome refers to an irresistible urge to move the legs, which is worse at night. People may even experience leg cramps while they are awake, usually during a hemodialysis session. Because restless leg syndrome occurs when you are trying to relax or fall asleep, it can leave you feeling tired from lack of rest.
Kidney damage will cause waste products and excessive water building up in blood, which can cause patients feel ill. This may cause poor sleep experience. If you are on peritoneal dialysis, your doctor will occasionally test your dialysate to make sure it is pulling enough waste and toxins from your body. Whether your dialysis sufficient or not? Get an full evulation and start Appointment with Our Expert Group!
Some patients may always feel upset and worried, due to their medical conditions. This may lead to insomnia for patients at night. Also, insomnia may be a sign of depression, thereby, you are suggested to talk with your doctor about your emotional changes, when you realize it.
What Are the Serious Consequences of Insomnia?
More than 80% of CKD stage 5 pateints suffer from insomnia, which shows adverse impact on employment, social activities and life quality. It was reports that the insomnia related with RLS increased the risk of death.
Is There Any Suggested Treatment for Insomnia in CKD?
Both Medical Treatment and lifestyle changes can help make alleviation on insomnia caused by CKD. The targeted treatment should not only focus on insomnia alleviation, but also deals with the underlying kidney damage.
Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy is the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine which helps repair the damaged kidney tissues and improve kidney function. Based on your own condition, herbalists will choose to add some herbs which can help alleivate insomnia. Due its external application, this natural therapy shows no side effects. It has been used fore 27 years in treating Kidney Disease. If you have interest, you can Get Personalized Herbs List from TCM Professor.
Blood Purification. Blood Purification is the advanced development of Dialysis. Dialysis only helps remove the small sized toxins in blood. However, in patients with CKD Stage 4~5, there are more than 90 kinds of toxins. Blood Purification can deal with all sized toxins, not only the small ones, which can help reduce the toxic levels in blood.
Sleeping Tablet. Sleep tablet may be prescript, if you are under servere insomnia. It can help you get into sleep in some degree. However, if you take it for long time, you may build dependence on the tablets. Thereby, you are suggested to try herbal tea which has natural ability to improve yoru quality of sleep and shows no side effects.
Healthy Living. You are suggested to take specific diet and regular exercise, which can help improve your sleep quality. The target diet should alleviate both your kidneys damages and sleep problem. You are suggested to consult our free online serive to get your personal diet managements.
In addition, psychological counseling may help relieve the anxiety or depression that prevents sleep. If you are unable to fall asleep or if you wake up and cannot get back to sleep, get out of bed and stay up until you feel tired and drowsy.
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