Sleep Problems Common in PD, May Reflect Progression

Parkinson’s Disease, restless leg syndrome, slow-wave sleep reduction and breathing disorders such as sleep apnea were subject to a study led by Dr. F Sixel-Doring (Germany). The significance of this study is to determine whether ” the duration of Parkinson’s Disease and other factors have any effects on the number of sleep problems.”

Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, showed that almost half (46%) of patients with PD were affected by REM behavior disorder (RBD), and 35% were diagnosed with previously undetected breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Dr Anthony E Lang , director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital, Canada, said that physicians should understand the importance and practicality of polysomnography in relation to the sleep disorders in PD.

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