Triggered by a complex combination of genetic susceptibility and exposure to toxins, disease and trauma, Parkinson’s disease could affect you or someone you know. In the early stages of the disease, the affected person could start to suffer from insomnia, Parkinson’s UK charity has confirmed. The NHS clarified: “Insomnia means you regularly have trouble sleeping.”
If you suffer from insomnia, you can:
- I have trouble falling asleep
- Wake up several times during the night
- Stay awake at night
- Waking up early and not being able to go back to sleep
- I always feel tired after waking up
- Difficult to take a nap during the day even if you are tired
- Feeling tired and irritable during the day
- You have trouble concentrating during the day because you are tired.
Keep in mind that adults need around seven to nine hours a night to function optimally in the morning.
The association pointed out that sleep disturbances can be one of the first symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for the following reasons:
- Restless legs syndrome
What is restless leg syndrome?
Also known as Willis-Ekbom’s disease, the disease causes an “overwhelming and overwhelming urge to move your legs,” the NHS explained.
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This may or may not be accompanied by an uncomfortable feeling of crawling in the feet, calves, or thighs.
Sometimes the arms can be affected as well, and the condition is linked to involuntary twitching of the limbs while you sleep.
Neurologists hypothesize that the symptoms of restless leg syndrome are related to how the body handles dopamine.
“Dopamine is involved in the control of muscle movement,” the NHS said.
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The Parkinson’s Foundation points out that an example of a tremor is when the “hand might tremble” at rest.
A tremor in the hand can cause your index finger and thumb to roll next to each other, as if you were rolling a pill between your fingers.
Tremors can also occur in the lower lip, jaw, or leg – and some people report a feeling of trembling felt inside the chest.
In the early stages of the disease, tremors are noticeable only on one side of the body.
Described as “tightness” in the limbs, it can cause a decrease in range of motion.
As such, some people experience stiff limb pain, which may affect only one side of the body.
Facial muscles can also become stiff, and poor mobility in bed can make it difficult to fall asleep and sleep at night.
Other early indicators of Parkinson’s disease can include loss of smell and smaller-than-usual handwriting.
Some people may experience constipation and bladder problems, feelings of depression and anxiety, and fatigue.
If you think you are showing signs of Parkinson’s disease, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor.
They can refer you to a specialist who can make a formal diagnosis.
From there, treatment options can be arranged to lessen the effects of the disease.