19. Non-motor Series: Impaired Sleep

Treating Sleep Issues in Parkinsonism

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A bad night of sleep will make all your other PD symptoms worse the following day. Over time, the good sleepers have slower progression.

80-90% of people with Parkinson's have disrupted sleep, often as one of the earliest or most debilitating symptoms. Sleep disorders in PD can take many different forms, ranging from frequent waking, acting out dreams (REM sleep behavior disorder), restless leg syndrome (RSL), nighttime urination, and sleepiness throughout the day.

There are a variety of ways people with PD can improve their sleep and wake feeling rested. We'll discuss over-the-counter and pharmaceutical therapies, as well as some lifestyle hacks that can help people fall, and stay, asleep.

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Your Instructor

Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH
Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH

Dr. Mischley has spent the past two decades studying the unique nutritional requirements of people with Parkinsonism and working to find better ways to measure, monitor, predict, and prevent PD. Her academic training is in naturopathic medicine (ND), nutrition (PhD), and epidemiology (MPH). She built the Parkinson Symptom Tracking App (www.pd-symptoms.com), has trained dogs to detect the scent of parkinsonism in ear wax (ParK-9.com), is lead investigator of the MVP-Study.com, and is founder of the Parkinson Center for Pragmatic Research (CPR). She created Parkinson-School.com in 2020 as a way to empower patients, accelerate education and catalyze some long overdue conversations.

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