Eight hours of shut-eye is a dream for many people with Parkinsonís disease.
ďI just donít have the same desire or urge to sleep,Ē says Karen Jaffe, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist from Cleveland and a member of our MJFF Patient Council who was diagnosed in 2007.
Karen said often sheíll get distracted with a task and not make it to bed until 3 or 4 a.m. ďI donít see it as much of a problem, but my husband does,Ē she said.
If she does get to bed, sheís uncomfortable with joint pain and stiffness that makes it difficult to toss and turn.
Karenís experience may be familiar or totally foreign to people with Parkinsonís. The sleep disorders associated with PD ó and their causes ó are numerous and varied. Some people may act out their dreams. Others get a full nightís sleep but are still overly tired during the day.
What are some of the culprits behind these sleep disorders? And how can you work with your doctor to rest better? We covered these questions in a July 2014 webinar.
Watch our webinar on sleep in Parkinson's disease.