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#1 ases22



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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:32 AM

I have never been a person who sleeps well. Does anyone have any good tips on how to get restful sleep?

#2 MarciaJ


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:59 PM

I usually don't have problems with sleeping. But when I do I drink a small glass of milk and go right to sleep. Don't know if this works on anyone else. Now I'm on meds that might interfere but hasn't kept me awake yet. Good luck!


I had treatment for cancer in 2003-2004.


Symptoms started shortly before Diagnosed 2006. At Age 54 .


Waited 5 years before it was necessary to start meds. 

Meds-Carbidopa/levodopa 25-100mg cr tabs four times daily
Benztropine 2mg tabs twice daily
B12 tab for memory loss, one daily



#3 Beau's Mom

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:06 PM

My Occupational Therapist had me read about "Sleep Hygiene." It's all about creating an environment that's conducive to sleep. There's a lot more to it than that. I suggest you Google it, or look it up on this website. I have a terrible time sleeping due to vivid dreams, waking up after only a few hours of sleep, etc. Then sometimes I sleep 11-12 hours a night for several days. I know that sleep disturbances are common in PD. Good luck!

I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.


First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

Diagnosed December, 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.


Current medications at age 62: Sinemet 25/100 ODT every 2.5 hours while awake (7/day). One Sinemet 25/100 CR between midnight and 4 AM. Trazodone 200 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 115 caregiver hours/month keep me sane.


All of the above subject to change based on progression, stress level, and dyskinesia. Whew! I'm glad I finally wrote that all out.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:17 PM

Its 12:17 am, and after 3 vicodin in 6 hours, I'm still not sleeping. Guess I can't help you



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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:46 AM

It's 130 am - as you can see..sleep is an issue.
Never had trouble before PD..never appreciated a good night's sleep.
Good Luck

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