If you've got Parkinson's disease and find it difficult to get to sleep, or stay asleep, you're not alone. 90% of people living with the condition are similarly affected.
Identifying the root causes of sleep problems are the first steps to solving the issue. Poor sleep can be due to a number of things. Symptoms of Parkinson's, medicines for controlling it, and poor sleep hygiene all have a role to play.
When it comes to sleep, everyone’s situation is different – depending on their health, their environment, and ideas of comfort. So there's no blueprint for getting a good night's sleep. It takes trial and error to find out what suits you.
If you've followed basic sleep hygiene rules and you still have problems, it might be time to try some Parkinson's detective work in partnership with your healthcare professional.
Keeping a basic sleep diary can be a good place to start. This will help you develop an understanding of where your main sleep problems are occurring.
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