We all know how critical a good night’s sleep is to our health and well-being. However, for those with PD, sleep becomes even more important as the body needs more time to restore and repair itself. Not surprisingly, sleep-related symptoms are reported by more than 75% of people with PD.
Most common complaints
- Difficulty falling and staying asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Talking or yelling out while asleep
- Vivid dreaming
- Leg movements, jerking, cramping
- Difficulty turning over in bed
- Waking up to go to the bathroom
What to Avoid Before Bedtime
- Alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants such as nicotine
- Heavy late-night meals (although a light snack at bedtime may be helpful)
- Heavy exercise within 6 hours of bedtime
- Thoughts or discussions before bedtime about topics that cause anxiety, anger or frustration
- Clock Watching
Page reviewed by Dr. Joash Lazarus, NPF Movement Disorders Fellow, Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine.