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Hyperkalemia (High Blood Potassium) – Symptoms & Signs

Potassium is an important mineral for the proper functions of the body. It plays a key role in regulating muscles and nerves, especially for the heart and kidney. However, getting too much potassium in the diet can do more harm than good. This is because the kidneys are unable to flush excess amounts out of the body, which eventually causes a medical condition called high potassium or hyperkalemia. Read on to learn more about some common symptoms and signs of hyperkalemia that you need to know.

Trouble Sleeping

People with hyperkalemia tend to have excess potassium in their bloodstream. This would make them feel uncomfortable and nauseated, which might make it more difficult to fall asleep. In addition, the cramps and muscle twitching would even worsen the symptom at night. It is a good idea to make a sleep log that records any trouble sleeping. You need to include the amount of time and any problems that you face during this period. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider all of these conditions so that he or she would find out the answer and suggest proper treatment options. [1]