Sleep and Parkinson's

Sleep and night-time problems are common in Parkinson’s. They can affect you at any stage of the condition and may leave you feeling tired and drowsy. Discover more about the issues and how you can manage them.

Parkinson's medication can cause excessive daytime sleepiness or sudden onset of sleep. This can be severe for some people, so it's important to get support from your healthcare professionals if this happens. Excessive feelings of sleepiness during the day can also happen if you aren't sleeping well at night. The affect can cause some people to doze off during normal waking hours.

Other sleep issues that can affect people with Parkinson's include sleep conditions and difficulty moving in bed. You may also experience mental health problems if you don't sleep well enough.

Discover more about the issues and how you can manage them below.

Are you a carer?

Sleep and night-time problems are almost twice as common among carers of people with Parkinson’s than in the general population.

If you are caring for someone with Parkinson’s, these sleep disturbances may lead to an increased risk of depression and stress.

It may be difficult sometimes, but if you’re a carer it’s important to have good sleeping habits. This will help improve your health, wellbeing and general quality of life.

Much of the advice on this page applies to you as a carer as well as the person you care for.


“I never have problems falling asleep but I do have problems staying asleep. If I go to bed at 10, I’ll be wide awake by 1am. Then if I’m lucky I’ll get another half an hour at 6. So at most I’m sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night.”

David is a Parkinson’s UK Trustee and lives in Scotland. Here, he talks about how he tackles his problems with sleep.

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You can download our booklet Sleep and night-time problems in Parkinson's (PDF, 641KB).

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Last updated March 2019. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at [email protected]