Recent findings have revealed that poor sleep has a negative impact on patients with kidney disease because their condition will get worse.
According to Dr. Ana Ricardo, the study author from the University of Illinois, fragmented and short sleep influences the progression of this disease. Previous studies have proved that sleep is very important for a normal kidney function.
Therefore, this new research points to the fact that doctors must develop efficient methods to make sure their patients adopt healthier sleep habits. The scientists underlined that their study did not find a cause-and-effect link between poor sleep and the progression of chronic kidney disease.
However, the findings cannot be ignored because the research involved 432 participants with this condition. During the study, the team monitored the patients’ sleep habits between five and seven days using wrist monitors.
Also, their health was tracked for an average of 5 years because the researchers wanted to observe how much the disease progressed and the main factors influencing the progression. Based on the results, the team established that the patients slept a median of six hours and a half every night.
Also, kidney failure occurred in seventy participants, whereas other 48 died. It is worth mentioning that the researchers eliminated two other causes such as heart disease and weight. Furthermore, they discovered that each hour of sleep decreased the risk of kidney failure by roughly 19 percent.
On the other hand, participants who slept fewer hours had a higher risk of developing kidney failure. The team discovered that participants who were affected by daytime sleepiness had a ten percent higher mortality risk.
It means that sleep quality and quantity played a major role in slowing the progression of the disease. Recent research suggests that sleep quality is also affected by smartphone use before bedtime.
Therefore, the study findings are not important just for patients with chronic kidney disease, but also for healthy people.
Poor sleep has previously been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and depression, especially among teenagers. While melatonin is the protein associated with sleep quality and timing, screen exposure before bedtime causes the brain to produce a lower level of this protein.
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