Sleep disorder is one of the most common and incapacitating non-motor (non-movement) symptoms experienced by people living with Parkinson’s disease.
Many people with Parkinson’s disease have trouble falling or staying asleep at night. Some sleep problems are caused by Parkinson’s symptoms, while others may be the result of the medications used to treat those symptoms. Factors unrelated to Parkinson’s can also impact sleep, including other medical conditions, normal aging or poor “sleep hygiene” (habits that prevent or interrupt a regular sleep schedule). This can lead to fatigue and a decreased quality of life.
That’s why it’s important to develop and maintain good sleep habits and to seek help if sleep problems are affecting your daily routine and quality of life.
There are steps you can take to improve your sleep, especially when dealing with issues, such as difficulty staying asleep at night and excessive sleepiness during the day.
Sleep hygiene refers to the behaviours and habits that we can control. These are ones that affect our bodies’ day-night cycling and readiness to go to sleep or to be alert at a given time of day. Follow these tips for better sleeping habits: