Connection Between Sleep Disorder and Parkinson
July 24, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Connection Between Sleep Disorder and Parkinson


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After providing a general overview of Parkinson’s disease, proper consideration should be given to a recent breakthrough regarding the development of the disease.  This breakthrough is centered around REM, or rapid eye movement sleep disorder and its contribution to the formation of Parkinson’s. It seems that there is indeed a connection between this sleep disorder and Parkinson’s disease. REM disorder is characterized by acting out dreams due to the lack of temporary paralysis that usually occurs during this phase of sleep. Sometimes, injury to others or self can occur during the enactment of the vivid dreams that are accompanied during the REM stage. 

REM disorder can occur for many years before symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop, if at all. Not every person with REM disorder will go on to develop Parkinson’s. Also, some people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will go on to develop REM disorder. However, sleep disturbances, such as REM disorder and insomnia, are common in those with Parkinson’s. Clonazepam, melatonin, and various antidepressants can eliminate or significantly reduce or eliminate REM disorder. If you believe that you may have this disorder and want to discuss various solutions, speak today with a physician at Shifa4U.



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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.