Have you ever gotten out of bed in the morning after a long night of several failed attempts at falling asleep? How do you feel: Exhausted, drained, low energy, just plain "out of sorts," or all of the above? As you well know, for those with Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, and especially individuals who conduct Dialysis, sleep loss can be crippling and substantially impact a patient's physical and mental health as well as their quality of life.
Sleep disorders and disruptions, particularly insomnia, are common in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, according to WebMD. Similarly, other studies have found sleep complications to be usual among Diabetics. Beyond spiking blood sugar which may cause or worsen, Diabetes, sleep complications also have been found to cause heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and stroke.
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In some cases sleeplessness stems from issues such as high blood sugar or poor Dialysis cleaning (clearance). In other cases, however, the issue for people with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes is far more straight forward. Can you believe, a solution could be as simple as the way they make their bed?
Rebecca Webber, asked top hotels how individuals can improve their quality of sleep and they showed her "How to Create the Most Comfortable Bed You'll Ever Sleep On." Starting with the sheets, consider hypoallergenic bedding because a stuffed nose can disrupt your sleep. Also 100% cotton sheets "breathe more" which is important to help provide evenly balanced air circulation to regulate the body temperature of a Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetic patient while s/he sleeps. Placing a 3rd sheet on the bed, Brian Povinelli (Senior Vice President, Westin Hotels & Resorts) suggested, helps to further regulate body temperature and improve restfulness.
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Bed pillows are not just to enhance your home decor. Soft pillows are an excellent choice to improve your sleeping experience. Two (2) pillows recommended include buckwheat hulls because they mold to your head and have been found to relieve tension; as well as Japanese Igusa Grass pillows which absorb humidity and heat and may provide Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics a cool night's rest. Here is another tip: Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics are recommended to switch their pillows every 2 years! Hence, it may be time to replace that favorite pillow from the old apartment or house.
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In severe circumstances, getting a new mattress may improve your overall quality of sleep. A few sure signs that you may need a new mattress include if you are waking up achy and stiff. It is also advised to change your mattress every 8 years. Although there is no one size fits all strategy for selecting a mattress, if you feel you may need a new one, KidneyBuzz.com suggests that you take a pen and paper and write down all of the issues that are causing your sleep disruption. Take that list to a local mattress store and ask their experts which mattress (or mattresses) they would recommend that can help solve your concerns. They should be able to give you a few options that can best solve the problem.
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