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Stage 5 Kidney Failure on Dialysis: How to Relieve Sleep Problems

Stage 5 Kidney Failure on Dialysis: How to Relieve Sleep ProblemsStudies to date have examined patients with Stage 5 Kidney Failure on dialysis. Sleep complaints have been noticed to occur in up to 80% of patients. In this article, we will talk about common sleep problems in Dialysis patients and offer suggestions to relieve these problems. For personalized advice, feel free to chat with our online doctor!

Sleep problems in Stage 5 Kidney Failure and dialysis patients

- Insomnia. It is one of the major cause of sleep disturbances. The prevalence of this problem rates up to 70%.

- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). It is defined by the inability to stay awake and alert during the major waking periods of the day, causing in unintended lapses into drowsiness or sleep. Its prevalence varies between 12%-67%.

- Restless legs syndrome. The prevalence of RLS in dialysis patient varies from 12% to 57.4%.

- Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS). Prevalence in the ESRD patients appears to be 30% or more.

How to relieve sleep problems for Dialysis patients?

Medications. Most over the counter sleep medicines are not often very effective. If you have problems with sleeping, consult our online doctor for helpful advice.

Improve sleep habits. Good sleep habits include a regular bedtime routine that encourages relaxation and restfulness. Resisting the tendency to nap can greatly improve sleep quality.

Adopt comfort measures such as warm baths, Massage, or warm/cool compresses on the legs. Other relaxation techniques like deep breathing or visualization can also be helpful.

More dialysis, especially nocturnal hemodialysis, has been shown to reduce breathing problems that occur during sleep.

Exercises at least a few times a week (no less than 4 hours before bed). Avoid caffeine. Keep the bedroom quiet and comfortable.

For more information about relieving sleep problems in Stage 5 Kidney Failure on dialysis, contact us.

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