Most people with Parkinson’s suffer from sleep problems or daytime sleepiness at some time in their disease. Some problems can precede the onset of movement problems and may be an early sign of disease such as REM Sleep Behavior disorder. Some conditions are not uncommon but may be more common in people with PD such as restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. Others can be worsened or caused by medication as noted with vivid dreams, sleep attacks and daytime hyper-somnolence. Learn more about these problems and be sure to review Sleep Hygiene- tips to sleep better.
Trouble Falling Asleep
Restless Leg Syndrome, RLS
Trouble During Sleep
Early Awakening or Fragmented Sleep
- Altered Sleep Architecture-Fragmented sleep with frequent or early morning awakening is a common problem. This is due to a change in the sleep architecture or pattern of sleep stages. Deeper more advanced stages of sleep are reduced in Parkinson's leading to earlier awakening and unrefreshed sleep.
- Depression- often leads to early awakening
- Nocturia (frequent nighttime urination)
- Movement Discomfort
[See Accompanying article for more information on daytime sleepiness.]
Author: Monique Giroux, MD