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Insomnia and chronic kidney disease

2015-10-14 16:09| Font Size A A A

InsomniaInsomnia is likely to happen to patients with kidney disease, and it will more or less affect the quality of their life. If you are suffering from insomnia, the following information can be very helpful.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. It includes wide range of sleep disorders, from lack of quantity of sleep to lack of quality of sleep. Insomnia is often separated into three types. Transient insomnia occurs when symptoms last from a few days to a few weeks. Acute or short-term insomnia is when symptoms last for several weeks. Chronic insomnia is characterized by insomnia that lasts for months and years.

Insomnia and chronic kidney disease

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Your physical and mental health can contribute to your sleep problems. Common causes for disrupted sleep patterns in kidney disease patients include: restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, inadequate dialysis clearance, emotions, changes in sleep patterns, and caffeine.

-Restless leg syndrome. Some kidney disease patients wake up in the middle of the night because of an uncomfortable sensation they feel in their legs. Their legs feel itchy or tingly, or may jerk or move on their own, waking them up. People may even experience leg cramps while they are awake, usually during a hemodialysis session.

-Inadequate dialysis clearance. A build up of wastes in the blood can cause kidney disease patients feel ill and uncomfortable, which could make sleeping difficult. 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. Missed dialysis sessions can mean a build up of waste fluid, leading to other complications besides sleepless nights.

-Sleep apnea. A slight or complete obstruction to the airways can cause sleep apnea. This blockage can be in your mouth, nose or throat. A doctor can determine if you have sleep apnea by conducting a physical exam and a sleep study.

-Changes in your sleep pattern. Sometimes patients with kidney disease are more tired than usual. They tend to fall asleep earlier than their normal bedtime or nap during the day. This could affect your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night.

-Emotions. It is difficult for us to fall asleep if there is something on our minds, which is easy for us to understand. We can not imagine what and how much kidney disease patients have to bear from physically and mentally. Worry, anxiety and sadness can keep kidney disease patients up at night.

How to improve insomnia in kidney disease patients?

Kidney disease patients can try Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. This treatment aims at repairing kidney damage and recovering kidney function. It is based on Chinese herbal medicines, but used externally. Kidney disease patients just need to lie on the bed to take it. Once kidney function can be recovered, the corresponding symptoms and complications will be naturally relieved. Nearly all of the patients say they slept well after taking this natural treatment, and it just likes Chinese massage, very comfortable. If you want to know more about Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, you are welcomed to email us to or leave a message below.

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