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Trouble Sleeping? What to Know about Acting Out Dreams and Other Sleep Issues (Webinar Replay)

Some people act out their dreams while asleep. They may punch, kick, yell or even fall out of bed. In some, this sleep problem is linked to Parkinson’s and other brain diseases. In this audio from our Third Thursdays Webinar, expert panelists discuss sleep issues that can come with aging and Parkinson’s and share practical tips for managing them.

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In this podcast, moderator Karen Jaffe, MD, Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council member, leads a discussion with expert panelists: 

  • Kirstie Anderson, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, sleep specialist and consultant neurologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
  • Otis Peeples, MS, LPC, CADC, S-PSB, retired police sergeant, therapist at Presence Behavioral Health, lives with REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Linda Peeples, Otis’s wife, payroll administrator at City of Chicago Department of Finance

View a transcript of this podcast.

Want to see the slides and other resources from the webinar? Watch on demand.

Want to learn more about sleep and Parkinson’s? Download our sleep guide.

If you or your bed partner have sleep issues — whether you have Parkinson’s or not — you can play a critical role in research. Our landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative is open to anyone over age 18 in the U.S. Join the study that's changing everything at

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