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Sleep-related symptoms are reported by more than 75% of people with Parkinson's

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.