According to the Mirror, a new study shows that sleeping 5 hours or less considerably raises the risk of kidney failure.

The dramatic findings from US researchers show how vital it is for your kidneys to get enough sleep.

Experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, studied 4,000 people over a decade.

They found those sleeping five hours a night were 65% more likely to experience a rapid decline in kidney function compared with those getting seven to eight hours a night.

The findings were presented at a major medical conference in San Diego.

Dr Ciaran Joseph McMullan, who led the research, said: “This is the first prospective study to find that shorter sleep duration is associated with a more rapid decline in renal function.

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