Healthy Living

The Impact of Sleep Apnea on Kidneys

The best way to avoid CKD is by treating your sleep apnea.

To avoid CKD (chronic kidney disease), control your sleep apnea. This can be done in several ways. The most famous and recommended therapy by sleep doctors is a continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP, which includes a mask that fits over your mouth and nose and softly blows air into your airway to keep it open during sleep.

If you are not comfortable with a CPAP machine, you can try other methods of treating sleep apnea. These include:

  • Dental appliances that shift the lower jaw and tongue.
  • Surgery to remove excess tissue in the airway
  • Nasal expiratory positive airway pressure devices where a disposable value covers the nostrils
  • Treatment using hypoglossal nerve stimulation where a stimulator is implanted in your chest with leads connected to the hypoglossal nerve that controls tongue movement.