Healthy Living

The Impact of Sleep Apnea on Kidneys

Sleep issues can be directly connected to kidney issues.

The kidneys metabolize sodium and potassium and any medications you are taking. There is a difference between how the kidneys function during the day and how they operate during the night. Sleep gives your kidneys the opportunity to heal and rest.

Dr. Ciaran McMullan of Brigham and Women’s Hospital discusses kidney health, “Kidney function is actually regulated by the sleep-wake cycle. We also know that nocturnal patterns can affect chronic kidney disease and that people who sleep less usually have faster kidney function decline.”