A Bel Marra Health report examines the link between Parkinson’s disease, sleep disturbances, and sleep disorders.
Parkinson’s sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder in which the person stops breathing for brief moments throughout the night. This can cause the individual to awaken abruptly in order to resume breathing. Sleep apnea sufferers often wake up tired, may experience headaches and jaw pain, and may have other health problems, like hypertension and diabetes.
Some studies have shown that up to 20 percent of Parkinson’s disease patients suffer from sleep apnea, compared to five percent of the general population. The good news is, sleep apnea can easily be treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.