The Importance of Quality Sleep

A proper bedtime routine and healthy habits can both  improve your quality of life, and  promote kidney health. Sleep deprivation alters your mood and has been linked to poorer kidney function. Here’s why a good night's sleep is essential:

Hormone Production

During sleep, the body produces hormones such as vitamin D and erythropoietin. Failing to get adequate rest prevents the kidneys from making these hormones, causing them to work overtime. This leads to excess waste and increased urine production, preventing people from falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night.

The specific hormone that alters kidney health is unknown. However, studies do show that when people  with chronic kidney disease don’t get adequate rest, their kidney function declines more quickly than those who get quality sleep.

Other Complications of Poor Sleep

When sleeplessness  becomes routine, the risks for some  conditions increase, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Insomnia

By establishing some healthy habits, and talking to your doctor about your sleep issues, you can increase your quality of sleep and improve your  kidney health.

Tips for Better Rest

If you struggle to get quality sleep, keep these tips in mind:

  • Reduce or avoid long daytime naps
  • Create a consistent wake and sleep time
  • Avoid TV or screen time an hour before bed
  • Invest in a better bed

Give these a try but don’t  hesitate to mention your concerns about sleep to your doctor.