Sleep Troubles? How To Help Correct Common Sleep Disorders In Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetics

KidneyBuzz.com has been asked similar questions by several viewers to that of Drew's from Kansas, "What can I do about my lack of sleep? I am unable to get any sleep at night. I feel exhausted throughout the day, sick, unfocused, and really unable to do anything." 

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Although sleep is very important when you have Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Type II Diabetes, you may find you can’t sleep when you need it most. Sleep disorders are common in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes, particularly those who conduct Dialysis. One explanation for the problem seems to be the connection between Insomnia and these two diseases. Another may be the recent change in season which can disrupt patients' sleeping patterns.  

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The reported prevalence of insomnia among Dialysis patients (Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis) range from 19% to 71%, according to research database, UpToDate.com. Similarly, up to 71% of Diabetics also note poor sleep quality. Although there are a few well known techniques to assist the general population in getting a good night's rest, they need to be a bit more refined and tailored to those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics.   

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Get some sunshine. If you let the sun shine on your face for at least 15 minutes a day, you will be able to affect your body’s subtle sleep system. An added bonus is that a bit of sunshine will help your body produce more serotonin, the "feel-good hormone," and can help improve your mood for the day.

Eat a high carbohydrate snack before bedtime. Obviously, this is just for the Non-Diabetics, but after eating some carbohydrates your body may have a period of slightly higher blood sugar, and then when your insulin kicks in, your blood sugar levels fall slightly and you will feel drowsy. This is a good way to create the right environment to help you move into sleep.

Foods such as cottage cheese, eggs, chicken, and turkey contain a significant amount of the natural sleep inducing property, Tryptophan. These foods will definitely give you a good push into a dream state.

Avoid coffee, high caffeine drinks such as sodas and caffeinated tea, as well as energy drinks before bed. The half life of caffeine is supposedly 7:00 hours, which means that if you drink coffee at noon, only half of it will be gone by 7:00 pm. This may be even longer for Dialysis patients. Hence, remember this next time you consider drinking a cup of coffee at 4:00 PM because the half life, it will stay in your system until 11:00 PM or later.

There are stimulants added into many over the counter prescriptions including cold medicines. Ask your Pharmacist and read your labels carefully so that hidden stimulants do not prevent you from sleeping. Also, if you are up late often, your body may be reacting to medicine or food. Note the food, medicines, and vitamins you eat to see if any of them are connected to the nights when you're unable to rest peacefully.

Sleep music is one way to create the perfect sleeping environment. There are special audio tracks that include music or sleep sounds which can help Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics get a good night's rest. You can go to any local music store and they should be able to help you select an CD that best matches your unique taste.

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If your sleep complications continue, talk with your Primary Physician who can prescribe more radical interventions as necessary. Join the conversation by sharing on the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page what you do to improve your sleep (click here). Also, for your daily news and information which teaches Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics how to better manage their lives; visit KidneyBuzz.com - your most trusted resource online.

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