Insomnia may have detrimental effects on individuals’ kidney health and their overall survival, according to a study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2017.

A team led by Csaba Kovesdy, MD, and Jun Ling Lu, MD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, looked to see whether chronic insomnia might be linked with increased risks of dying early and developing kidney problems in a group of 957,587 US veterans with normal kidney function.

Over a median follow-up of 6.1 years, 23.1% of patients died, 2.7% displayed rapid kidney function decline, and 0.2% developed kidney failure. Chronic insomnia was associated with a 1.4 times increased risk of dying, a 1.5 times increased risk of rapid loss of kidney function, and a 2.4 times increased risk of developing kidney failure.

“Chronic insomnia is an important and relatively common condition among patients with normal kidney function. Attention to its proper management could have long-ranging positive effects,” says Kovesdy in a release. “This hypothesis will need to be examined in dedicated prospective studies, including clinical trials.”

The study “Association of Chronic Insomnia with Mortality and Adverse Renal Outcomes” is Abstract 2771381 in the conference abstract book.