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We don't think about our kidneys very much, even when they stop working effectively. Recent figures show that about eight percent of Americans are in some stage of kidney failure but do not realize it. To spot this illness at an early stage is the most significant challenge in battling kidney disease. The primary factor that makes early identification difficult is that many of the signs only appear at a later stage in the illness, and they can easily be mistaken for symptoms of another disease.

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1. Insomnia

A possible link between kidney failure and difficulty settling down to sleep is a prime example of the complications of early identification. Many factors can cause insomnia, and kidney disease does not top the list. This symptom is also not one for which people tend to quickly seek out medical attention. However, people with kidney failure, particularly those in the late stages of the condition, can have problems sleeping.

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