The Weekly 11.30.21
"How Not to Lose Sleep Over Parkinson’s Disease" Parkinson's Life To ensure we get a good night’s sleep, the human body has an internal alarm clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Keeping to a regular night-time routine, creating an ideal sleeping environment and getting into healthy habits during the day can all help you develop good sleep hygiene. Brian Magennis, an advanced nurse practitioner in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, thinks sleep hygiene is vital to improving your sleep. '“It’s one of the most important things I consider when assessing the sleep problems of a person who has Parkinson’s. There are other things like insomnia, urinary issues, movement problems and mind disturbances – but sleep hygiene is an obvious first step,” he says.“If you get this right, you’ll be on your way to improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. If you still have problems, you need to talk to your doctor or neurologist, who can help adjust your medication as getting the timing and dosage of this right is essential too.”'