The Importance of Quality Sleep
A proper bedtime routine and healthy habits can not only improve your quality of life, but it can also 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:
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 the organs 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 those with chronic kidney disease do not get adequate rest, their kidney function declines more quickly than those who get quality sleep.
Other Complications of Poor Sleep
When restlessness becomes routine, the risks for the below conditions increase:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
With some healthy habits, and talking to your doctor about your sleep issues, you can increase your quality of sleep and help with better 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 do not hesitate to mention your concerns about sleep to your doctor.