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Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: How to beat insomnia & sleep better with kidney disease


Episode 32: People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep due to their reduced kidney function - it is common for kidney patients to approach their doctors to find out how to sleep better at night. They are constantly trying to determine how to sleep better. In addition to your limited kidney function, your physical and mental health can contribute to your sleep problems. These are the 4 most common causes of disrupted sleep patterns in chronic kidney disease patients and what I have done to overcome them.

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IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.

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Restless leg syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) often occurs when the legs are at rest, such as when a person is sitting or lying in bed. The sensation varies from patient to patient. It can be irritating, itchy or painful. Some patients find that moving their legs makes the uncomfortable sensations lessen or go away entirely. Doctors have determined that iron deficiency, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, diabetes, and certain medications can contribute to Restless Leg Syndrome.

Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea causes your breathing to be interrupted or stopped for more than 10 seconds while you’re in a deep sleep. These non-breathing intervals are called apneas. Patients with sleep apnea often snore heavily. The snores continue until breathing is interrupted or stops, which signals an apnea. The person will then snort or gasp to take in air and the snoring continues until the next apnea. A doctor can determine if you have sleep apnea by conducting a physical exam and a sleep study.

High Toxin Levels in your blood
With reduced kidney function comes a build-up of waste in the blood that can cause you to feel ill and uncomfortable. This could make sleeping difficult. Talking to doctors, I’ve learned this is the most common cause.

Worry, anxiety, and sadness can keep you up at night. If your sadness, anxiety or depression lasts more than two weeks, tell your doctor immediately.

What I found greatly helps me sleep all night long comes down to my diet and when I eat. For about 4 weeks now I have been eating my meals between 10am and 6pm – only drinking water after 6pm and never snacking. I also eat my carbs in my first meal of the day and eat a high fat last meal. The fat keeps me full until the next day so I’m not snacking. The carbs early help to balance my blood sugar so I don’t have isoline spikes. By making Intermittent fasting part of my chronic kidney disease diet, I am reducing stress on my kidneys and allow the available kidney function to keep up with my kidney disease diet.

In addition, my doctor recommended I start taking ProRenal+D multivitamins each day. This helped address common deficiencies kidney patients have, including Iron which can contribute to restless leg syndrome. I’ve been doing this for just over 4 weeks now and have slept every night as I used to when I was a teenager. This was my solution to how to sleep better with chronic kidney disease.

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