Healthy Living

The Impact of Sleep Apnea on Kidneys

Symptoms of kidney disease can mirror symptoms of sleep apnea.

The National Kidney Foundation claims that as many as 26 million Americans could have undiagnosed kidney disease. The National Sleep Foundation claims that more than 24 million American adults have sleep apnea. So, is there a correlation?

A number of the symptoms of kidney disease resemble the symptoms of sleep apnea. These symptoms are:

  • Fatigue, inability to concentrate and low energy. Kidney damage causes toxins and fluids to stay in the bloodstream. This impairs many systems in the body including those that support the sleep process.
  • Insufficient or broken sleep and impurities in the bloodstream can cause the body to not maintain a proper sleep cycle. Insomnia, as well as untreated obstructive sleep apnea, leads to sleep loss.