Parkinson’s & Sleep Disorders

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Parkinson’s patients frequently have trouble sleeping, which can be attributed to several different causes. If you provide care for an aging parent or grandparent with Parkinson’s, it is important to understand the types of sleep disturbances, as well as their causes to ensure that a full nights rest is attained. Home Care Assistance of Mesa, AZ explores the relationship between Parkinson’s and sleep and presents a few tips on how to cope with commonly associated sleep problems.

Common Types of Sleep Disturbances

Those with Parkinson’s may experience disrupted sleep due to muscle stiffness and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with their health condition. The stress that accompanies Parkinson’s may also lead to insomnia and vivid dreams that may lead to early waking or unstable sleeping patterns. When sleep problems continue, senior adults with Parkinson’s may also experience narcolepsy as a result of constant fatigue.

Causes of Sleep Problems

The causes of sleep problems in Parkinson’s patients can vary depending upon their symptoms and the medications that they take daily. For this reason, it is important to have a senior’s health and sleep habits evaluated by a doctor, or trained 24/7 live-in caregiver, if their symptoms are causing disrupted sleep. Most medical professionals considerthe biggest contributors to sleep disturbances to be disruptions in REM patterns, medication side effects, stress and muscular contractions.

Strategies to Promote Better Sleep

Once a person understands the root cause of the sleep problem, there are several strategies that can be used to promote better sleep. Keeping the senior adult active throughout the day with exercise and social opportunities can help them to become tired by bedtime. For severe sleep problems, a senior’s physician may be able to prescribe medications that can reduce Parkinson’s symptoms and make it easier for a person to stay asleep.

Senior adults with Parkinson’s and their caregivers should stay alert for signs of a developing sleep disorder so that the proper strategies can be implemented before a lack of sleep interferes with a person’s safety. To learn more about Parkinson’s disease and how the specialty Parkinson’s Care program at Mesa Home Care Assistance can help, click here. Mesa Home Care Assistance hires only the most experienced and trained caregivers who are available 24/7 to attend to all the needs of your aging loved one while promoting a safe home environment and feelings of independence.


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