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How to Deal with Sleeping Disorder in Kidney Disease

2012-12-19 16:34

How to Deal with Sleeping Disorder in Kidney DiseaseSleeping disorder is commonly seen in people with kidney disease. It afflicts them a lot and is not good to the healing process. Therefore, it is very important to deal with the disorder effectively.

Why do people with kidney disease suffer from sleeping disorder?

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder in which the legs feel itchy or tingly or may jerk or move on their own. Sometimes, this condition may wake the patients up in the middle of the night.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing is interrupted or stopped during sleep. It is caused by slight or complete obstruction to the airway.

Negative emotions

Once you are diagnosed with Kidney Disease, you may feel worried, anxious and panic all day long. These negative emotions may keep you awake in the night.

Shortness of breath

As kidneys are damaged, they are less efficient to remove fluids from body. In severe case, your lung may be flooded with fluids, leading to shortness of breath. It is a cause of sleeping problem in kidney disease.

How to deal with sleeping disorder in kidney disease?

Relax yourself before going to bed

You can relax yourself before going to bed through certain ways. You can read a book, watch TV or find other light activity.


You should increase your exercise properly during daytime. It can feel you feel tired so you can fall asleep faster. You can talk with your doctor and choose exercise suitable for your current condition.

Reduce stimulants

You should reduce tea, coffee, chocolate and cigarettes as these stimulants can affect your sleep quality and prevent you falling asleep.

Adjust body clock

You should have a set sleep and wake time helps train the body clock.

Avoid certain medications

Some medications such as medications for asthma, heart burn, pain etc can disorder sleep. You should talk with your doctor and find if your sleeping problem is caused by these medications.

The above measures can help deal with sleeping disorder associated with kidney disease. As there are various causes of the condition, you should consult your doctor and find the causes and then take relative treatment to control it.

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