In fact, a person with Parkinson’s disease may also experience a wide range of other physical and mental symptoms. The NHS says it is estimated that around one in 500 people is affected by Parkinson’s disease, meaning an estimated 127,000 people in the UK have the condition. Men are slightly more likely to get Parkinson’s disease than women.
The Cleveland Clinic says, “Parkinson’s disease and sleep are linked in complex ways that not even scientists fully understand yet.”
Nevertheless, researchers estimate that up to two out of three people with Parkinson’s disease have had trouble sleeping.
Nevertheless, the health side says that people with Parkinson’s may have insomnia and have difficulty falling asleep, or fragmented sleep and find that they wake up many times during the night.
Other signs are excessive daytime sleepiness, having difficulty staying awake during the day, and very vivid dreams that can cause hallucinations or confusion after waking up.
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It adds: “Emotional dreams or nightmares … make you feel emotionally exhausted after waking up.”
REM sleep disorder occurs in up to half of people with Parkinson’s disease, it says.
“Your body ‘performs’ dreams, makes strange or possibly dangerous movements while you sleep. Some researchers believe that REM’s sleep disorder may be one of the earliest signs of Parkinson’s,” it explains.
Nevertheless, not everyone with Parkinson’s disease experiences sleep problems.
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Most people with Parkinson’s begin to develop symptoms when they are over 50, and there are several symptoms and signs to be aware of.
Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, early diagnosis is important so that patients can receive the right treatment and advice regarding care.
The NHS states that there are three main symptoms of the condition.
They are involuntary shaking of certain parts of the body, slow movements and stiff and inflexible muscles.
“If you are concerned that you may have symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, seek medical advice.
“They will ask about the problems you are experiencing and may refer you to a specialist for further testing,” the site adds.
Although there is currently no cure, there are many different therapies and factors that can help deal with the condition, the health agency says.
For example, exercising 2.5 hours a week can slow the progression of your symptoms, according to Parkinson’s UK.
Exercise can help you deal with physical symptoms and other symptoms such as sleep problems, fatigue, mood and mental health, the charity says.
It adds, “Exercise can be just as important as your medication to help you take control and manage your symptoms.”
The Mayo Clinic adds: “Because the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, proven ways to prevent the disease remain a mystery as well.”
You should seek to see your doctor if you have any of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.