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Sleep in chronic renal insufficiency 

Sleep in chronic renal insufficiency
Sleep in chronic renal insufficiency

Giorgos K. Sakkas

, and Christoforos D. Giannaki

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date: 24 October 2020

Chronic kidney disease is a significant and growing medical and public health problem, responsible for a substantial burden of illness and premature mortality. Renal disease has a dramatic impact on patients’ quality of life (QoL), with sleep disorders contributing significantly and 80% of the renal population reporting symptoms of disturbed sleep, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, daytime sleepiness, and fatigue. Many patients with sleep disorders remain underdiagnosed, since many of the signs and symptoms related to poor sleep are thought to be an unavoidable consequence of renal failure or inadequate dialysis. Effective management of sleep disorders could improve patients’ QoL and mortality. A growing body of evidence suggests significant advantages of nocturnal hemodialysis for control of uremia and therefore for improving sleep quality and daytime sleepiness.

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