Sleep, Parkinson’s, and Living Well Today
Parkinson’s can affect sleep in many ways, ranging from trouble falling or staying asleep at night to excessive sleepiness during the day. Good sleep boosts everything from your mood to your ability to think and process to your physical movement. Understanding sleep problems and Parkinson’s is often the first step you can take to enhance your sleep.
In this audio, Dr. Postuma discusses:
- What causes sleep problems in Parkinson’s
- The difference between sleep changes related to aging and those related to Parkinson’s
- The difference between sleepiness and fatigue
- The connection between sleep and medication
- Different types of sleep disorders (somnolence, insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder) and how to treat them
- And much more!
To download the transcript, click here.
Note: This is not a flawless word-for-word transcript, but it’s close.
Medications & Treatments Mentioned During this Podcast
|Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)||Psycho-social intervention|
|LightBox||Box that gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light|
|Lunesta (Eszopiclone)||Benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZRAs)|
|Pregabalin (Lyrica)||GABA analogue|
The following list includes other resources we’ve shared on sleep and articles relevant to questions that were asked during the live session.
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*The Second Season of the Parkinson’s Podcast is made possible through generous support in honor of Dr. Margaret Hilgartner.