Sleep and Parkinson’s Disease
The motor problems of Parkinson’s disease (PD) typically take center stage during visits to the physician’ s office. Another factor contributing to the disruption of the lives of patients (and families) is sleep disturbance, which affects 75% to 95% of patients. Patients and caregivers frequently do not realize the importance of reporting sleep disturbances to their physicians unless the disturbance is severe. Without particular attention to the amount and quality of sleep, many patients with PD may unnecessarily endure potentially treatable sleep disorders for prolonged periods. An increased awareness and more aggressive treatment of the nighttime problems endured by patients with PD promote a better quality of life for both patients and caregivers.
KeywordsObstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Multiple System Atrophy Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Sleep Onset Insomnia
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