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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Excessive Sleepiness in PKD: Causes and Treatment

2013-05-08 14:35

Excessive Sleepiness in PKD: Causes and TreatmentGenerally, most of patient with early-stage Polycystic Kidney Disease don’t have any sleeping problem, but over time, as kidney cysts become bigger and bigger, excessive sleepiness in PKD may occur to remind these patients of severe healthy problems. However, who do people with PKD have excessive sleepiness?

The causes of excessive sleepiness in PKD

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB): Short of breath may occur in moderate or end stage of PKD that can result in frequent interruptions during sleep and then lead to abnormal sleepiness during waking hours.

Fatigue and anemia: As cysts in kidney grow, they will replace more and more kidney normal tissues. When the patient loses more than 50% of kidney function, a lot of wastes and toxins will build up in the body and fewer blood cells are made. Without enough energy, patients are likely to become sleepy.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS): Characterized by muscle cramps and restless legs, RLS makes patients have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Without enough rest at night, they must have excessive daytime sleepiness.

Mental depression: This come from patients’ stress, because PKD is a chronically progressive condition where patients may need lifelong treatment that may cause big burden on their spirit and affects their sleep quality.

How to improve PKD patients’ sleep quality?

If you also have sleep problems, the following methods may be helpful for you:

● Stay away from alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.

● Take some iron or vitamin B12 or folate supplements if your test shows they are low than the normal level. Remember that take these medicines with the guideline of doctor.

● Tell your problems to others, and never lose your confidence to live a brand new life.

● Arrange a healthy diet, exercise regularly and try some relaxation methods such as acupuncture, medicated bath and massage.

● Shrinking your kidney cysts is the most important step to make you live well with these cysts. Correct treatment indeed can help you achieve this goal.

If you have excessive sleepiness in PKD, don’t hesitate to tell your doctor or us so that we can give you some useful suggestions.

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