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Sleep Problems in Chronic Kidney Failure

2013-12-11 14:25

Sleep Problems in Chronic Kidney FailureGood and restful sleep is the basic for us to concentrate on what we are doing in day time. However, due to some physical illnesses, some patients can not fall asleep easily at night or they often feel sleepy in day time and want to sleep more. Chronic Kidney Failure is one of the illnesses that can cause sleep disorder and it is said about 80% of kidney disease patients have sleep problems. Therefore, for people who are living with Chronic Kidney Failure, it is necessary for them to know in advance what kind of sleep problem they may experience.

Sleep problems that Chronic Kidney Failure patients may experience

1. Insomnia

Chronic Kidney Failure patients may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and early morning weakness. This condition affects about 30-70% of Chronic Kidney Failure patients and it is usually results from restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, inadequate dialysis clearance, side effects of drugs, changes in sleep pattern and bad emotions like worry, anxiety and sadness and so on.

2. Drowsiness

Drowsiness is another sleep problem caused by Chronic Kidney Failure and it usually occurs due to buildup of urea nitrogen in the blood. Similar with creatinine, the metabolism of meat in our body, urea nitrogen is also discharged through kidney, so when Chronic Kidney Disease is caused, urea nitrogen level in blood will increase. Arginine is a substance that can produce urea nitrogen. When BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) is elevated for some reasons, arginine will be decomposed into methylguanidine and some other substances. High level of methylguanidine is one of the major causes for Chronic Kidney Failure patients to feel drowsy.

Sleep problem is just one of the bothersome symptoms of Chronic Kidney Failure patients and aside from it, they may also experience skin itching, vomiting and extremely tiredness and so on. All these discomforts affect patients’ life seriously, so to have a better and high quality life, it is very important for them to take some medical measures to get all these discomforts removed.

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