Are my mother's sleep problems connected to her Parkinson's?
My mother says she's wide awake all night, and then she's really sleepy during the day. Could this be connected to her Parkinson's? Is there anything we can do to help?
Yes, this can be related to her Parkinson's disease, as patients with PD can have a number of sleep problems including acting out dreams at night, difficult with sleep maintenance (fall asleep okay but then only sleep for an hour or two), restless legs, and potentially a higher risk of sleep apnea.
In this case, I would reccomend that you make every effort to help align your mothers circadian cycle (day-night) which can sometimes get off. To do this, you should try to keep her from napping during the day, make sure she gets lots of morning sunlight and daytime exercise. This will make her more tired at night and more likely to get good quality sleep at night. Sometimes melotonin and/or other sleep aids (Ambien/Lunesta) can help begin this process.
Yes!! Not an MD but, my dad suffered from powerful nightmares before diagnosed with PD. I have read many articles and it seems to be so.