Insomnia could raise Risk of Kidney Disease

Insomnia could raise Risk of Kidney Disease

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis has linked insomnia with decline in kidney function. The study team checked medical records and kidney health among United States veterans. The study team found that chronic insomnia could impact kidney health and even raise the risk of kidney failure in certain cases. Results of the study were presented at American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2017.

As per CDC, nearly 35 percent of adults in the United States suffer from sleep disorders. Chronic sleep disorders can lead to many other health issues. It is important to seek medical advice in case of chronic insomnia, the most common among sleep disorders.

Lead researchers for the study, Dr. Csaba Kovesdy and Dr. Jun Ling Lu checked data for 957,587 veterans with no kidney-related health issues at baseline. Among the study group, 41,928 veterans suffered from chronic insomnia. The study team found that chronic insomnia raised the risk of kidney function decline by 1.5 times. The risk of kidney failure was 2.4 times higher among veterans suffering from insomnia.

Dr. Kovesdy informed, "Chronic insomnia is an important and relatively common condition among patients with normal kidney function. Attention to its proper management could have long-ranging positive effects."

"This hypothesis will need to be examined in dedicated prospective studies, including clinical trials," added Dr. Kovesdy.