By Raequan Harrison | Staff Writer |
Poor sleeping habits could lead to kidney failure, according to a recent study by Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The study found that poor sleep could cause kidney disease, especially in women.
Researchers evaluated the sleep habits of thousands of women and found too little shut-eye was tied to a more rapid decline in kidney function.
“Women who slept five hours or less a night had a 65 percent greater risk of rapid decline in kidney function, compared with women sleeping seven to eight hours a night, the investigators discovered,” according to HealthDay News.
“This is concerning because as a general population the amount of sleep we are getting has decreased over the last 20 years,” said lead researcher Dr. Ciaran McMullan.
“I don’t know anyone whose had kidney failure. But it’s so crazy that those two are linked, I would have never thought,” said student Camillia Dababneh.
“As a student, I have my good and bad nights of sleep. I have gone on two hours of sleep, and it isn’t the best feeling in the world,” continued Dababneh.
“Your kidneys, two bean-shaped organs located in your lower back play a more important role in your overall health than you may realize. They are your body’s filtration system, cleaning wastes and extra fluids from your body and producing and balancing chemicals that are necessary for your body to function,” according to davita.com.
Student Faith Rodriguez said she plans to “Sleep more, I’m not going to procrastinate and I’ll finish homework earlier so I don’t have to pull all nighters and risk my kidneys. Many of the women in my family have suffered kidney failure and recently my grandmother.”
“I’m so busy, 65 percent of my time goes to school, 30 percent to work and family leaving little time for myself, on average I probably get about 7 hours of sleep every night if that,” continued Rodriguez.
While research shows that women are more affected, men are also susceptible.
One out of ten males in America will have a kidney stone during his lifetime, stated kidney.org.
Medicare spends $29 billion annually to treat people with kidney failure.
“The body’s natural rhythms, or so-called circadian clock, might also play a role,” McMullan said.” The kidney is timed to work differently during the night than during the day because the demands on the body are different.”.
“Sleep deprivation affects all of the body, especially mental health. I’ve never heard of kidney failure being linked to poor sleep habits. The number one cause of kidney failure is actually hypertension and diabetes. It makes sense that our kidneys would be affected if were not getting adequate sleep,” said professor Kathyrne Tiras of the nursing department.
“The body needs time to rest, when we don’t get rest we don’t allow our cellular system time to heal and we actually produce more hormones. Sleep allows cells to regenerate so we aren’t on cellular hyper drive,” continued Tiras.