Healthy Living

The Impact of Sleep Apnea on Kidneys

Lifestyle changes can also prevent chronic kidney disease.

Lifestyle changes that could help with sleep apnea and prevent chronic kidney disease include:

  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking swells the upper airway and makes apnea and snoring much worse.
  • Lay on your sides instead of your back when sleeping.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol causes frequent nighttime awakenings and makes the upper airway breathing muscles relax.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. This is the most important thing you can do to cure sleep apnea. Other methods treat sleep apnea, but weight loss will cure it.