Kidneys

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Jan 25, 2019

Those who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) or are on dialysis might know hard it is to get a good night's sleep; however, the importance of a healthy sleep schedule cannot be stressed enough.

As the most common sleep disorder, insomnia has been recently linked to kidney function decline and kidney failure. Fortunately, there are many tricks you can use to work towards a solid night's sleep.

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Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Taking long naps during the day can actually harm your quality of sleep at night. For best rest, you should wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. When you alter your sleep times, you mess with your levels of melatonin, which is what signals your brain to rest.

Cut Screen Time

Watching TV, being on a tablet, or staring at your cell phone is not only stimulating — it’s tricking your brain into thinking that it’s daytime. Try limiting your screen time to 2 hours before bedtime each night.

Get Active

Adding in a daily walk or regular exercise routine can affect your overall health and limit the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep. Just be sure that your workout is earlier in the day and not right before you lay down to sleep.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you’ve tried everything and still can’t seem to get a full night’s sleep, it’s time to consult your doctor to discuss different supplements or potential sleep disorders.

Looking to find the perfect exercise routine to get you back to better sleeping habits? Talk to your Satellite Social Worker about your options today.
 

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