We’re all so busy these days between working, going to appointments, spending time with friends and family, and trying to squeeze in a few hours of alone time here and there, that we don’t often pay attention to the signals our bodies send us. There are thousands of things our bodies do every day that keep us functioning, most of which we take for granted. The kidneys, for example, act as a filtering system to remove toxins from our bodies. When the kidneys aren’t working properly, your body sends you signs so you can fix the problem. Here are 10 little-known signs that something isn’t quite right with your kidneys.
10. Trouble Sleeping
We’ve already established that the kidneys’ main function is to remove toxins. So, when that is not happening, toxins build up in the blood, making it difficult for your body to relax and get quality sleep. Of course, there are many reasons why you may not be sleeping well – too much coffee, watching “one more” episode of your favorite show, anxiety over something in your life, the list goes on and on. However, if your life and routine are stable and you’re still not getting good sleep, it may be time to get your kidneys checked. People with chronic kidney disease often have sleep apnea – a condition where they actually stop breathing for a few seconds at night and then resume with a loud snort. If this is something you think you might have, it’s time to get it checked out!
9. Headaches & Fatigue
When the body is functioning normally, your red blood cells carry oxygen around the body to keep you feeling energetic and awake. These red blood cells are produced by a hormone called EPO. Guess what aids in the production of EPO? That’s right, the kidneys! It would make sense then that if you have fewer red blood cells, you’ll feel tired faster and generally have less energy. Another symptom of chronic kidney disease and fatigue is anemia, which is defined as having only 20-50 percent of regular kidney function.