A KidneyBuzz.com patient wrote, "I am constantly suffering from insomnia. However, especially during the summer months, I am unable to get any rest. I am regularly tired and have no energy. Is there anything that I can do?"
Sleeping troubles and insomnia are common complications among those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis. Although, many people chug caffeine-packed coffee or scarf down an energy bar to wake up, what should patients eat to wind-down? While KidneyBuzz.com does not offer medical advice, there are some foods that patients may enjoy and help with getting a better night's rest.
Some experts say that foods that may assist with sleep should contain Tryptophan, suggested Cable News Network (CNN). Tryptophan is an amino acid that has been connected with helping Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients snooze because once it enters the body, it's converted into two brain chemicals associated with sleep: Melatonin (helps regulate the body's natural sleep and wake cycles), and Serotonin (causes relaxation and drowsiness).
"Tryptophan is the reason why it is widely perceived that a Thanksgiving dinner causes drowsiness, because of the Tryptophan found in turkey," according to Dr. Donald Hensrud (Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program). However, other foods contain Tryptophan, and some have more Tryptophan than turkey.
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The following is a tailored list of foods which may help Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients sleep better:
- Egg whites
- Unsweetened cereals
- Crackers with milk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding large meals too close to your bedtime as well as spicy foods and caffeine which have been associated with impaired sleep. What about late-night snacks? "It's never too late to eat a small snack," reported CNN. It is alright to have a minor snack about an hour before bed on occasion, but patients should not make this a habit to avoid weight gain and discomfort.
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