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Sleep, Parkinson’s, and Living Well Today

[The Parkinson's Podcast™]

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

(Listed alphabetically)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Psycho-social intervention
DoxepinTricyclic antidepressant
GabapentinGABA analogue
LightBoxBox that gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light
Lunesta (Eszopiclone)Benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZRAs)
MelatoninHormone supplement
ModafinilWakefulness-promoting drug
Pregabalin (Lyrica)GABA analogue
SelegilineMAO inhibitor
TrazodoneSSRI antidepressant

Further Reading

The following list includes other resources we’ve shared on sleep and articles relevant to questions that were asked during the live session.

A Primer on Sleep and Parkinson’s

Every Victory Counts® manual for living well with Parkinson’s

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode #1109 – Matthew Walker

Why Is It So Hard to Sleep Now That I Have Parkinson’s?

Sleepiness and Fatigue in Parkinson’s and What To Do About Them

Making the Best of a Bad Night’s Sleep

9 Easy Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep with Parkinson’s

What is REM Sleep Behavior Disorder?

Living Well with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

The effects of sleeping pills on mortality and cancer rates

The influence of sleep on Parkinson’s symptoms

RBD as a pre-motor symptom and predictor of Parkinson’s

Meta-analysis of treatments for Parkinson’s sleep disorders

Multifactorial sleep disturbances in Parkinson’s

Restless Leg Syndrome Fact Sheet

Fox Trial Finder

Clinical Trials Finder

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*The Second Season of the Parkinson’s Podcast is made possible through generous support in honor of Dr. Margaret Hilgartner.

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