Help with sleep and night-time problems
1 November 2012
Sleep and night-time problems are common in
people with Parkinson's and their
partners or carers. And not getting a good night's sleep can really
affect your quality of life.
We've developed a new booklet, Sleep and
night-time problems in Parkinson's to help people learn more
about and tackle sleep issues.
Causes of sleep problems
There are some misconceptions about what causes trouble sleeping
so this booklet looks at what can trigger sleep problems and
treatments to help manage this.
In the booklet we look at several causes of sleep problems, such
- insomnia or difficulty in falling or staying
- dystonia - this is a painful cramp that
usually happens in the early morning, causing the person to wake up
and can be a sign of Parkinson's drugs wearing off.
- nocturia - this is when you wake up during the
night with the urge to urinate.
Sleep problems can affect people at any time. And the symptoms
may leave you feeling tired and lethargic, and less able to cope
with your everyday routine.
This booklet is packed with practical tips to help those with
Parkinson's and their partners or carers to learn more about sleep
issues and hopefully to get a good night's rest.
The information in the booklet may be enough to help to deal
with sleep problems. However, if sleep problems continue we
recommend speaking with your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse
(if you have one) for more advice.