This month is National Kidney Month. Did you know that sleep deprivation and certain sleep disorders can contribute to kidney dysfunction?
Poor sleep health and kidney dysfunction are connected bidirectionally, meaning poor sleep can cause or exacerbate kidney problems, and unhealthy kidneys can lead to poor sleep health. What's affected?
- Circadian rhythms
- Responses to hemodialysis
- The ability to "stay dry" at night (a problem called Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis)
- Blood pressure and insulin/blood sugar balance
Do you have problems with your kidney health? Might they be related to poor sleep? Please share your stories here.