Last week, I posted about a recent scientific understanding of WHY we need sleep (see post HERE).
There are all kinds of benefits to getting enough sleep: It’s good for your heart, it may reduce stress, and even prevent cancer.
More importantly, sleep is good for your brain – especially working memory… the kind essential to daily function.
People with Parkinson’s have difficulty sleeping; including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, restless legs and vivid nightmares. However, the link between sleep disorders and Parkinson’s has yet to be scientifically determined.
Peeraully et al. (Mov Disord 2012) report a higher prevalence of subjective sleepiness, increase in daytime sleepiness, rapid eye movement behaviour disorder in persons with Parkinson’s compared to controls
If you’re interested in learning more about sleep disorders in Parkinson’s, the National Parkinson Foundation and Tanya Simuni, MD have a great video about the topic… you can watch it below. Sweet dreams and much love.
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