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7 Non-Motor Effects of Parkinson's Disease

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1. Sleep Problems

Parkinson's disease can keep you from getting the sleep you need. Trouble rolling over, painful muscle cramps, and the need to urinate can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Many people with Parkinson's may experience insomnia, nightmares, and other medical conditions, like restless legs syndrome, that can also disrupt sleep. To help encourage restful nights, take prescription sleep aids or change the time at which you take Parkinson's medications that can interfere with sleep (under your doctor's supervision, of course).


Medically Reviewed By: Haines, Cynthia, MD

Last Annual Review Date: 2012-04-25

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Parkinson's disease only affects older adults.