Posted by: Chris Maloney | May 9, 2013

Restless Sleep As You Age? Get Checked For Parkinsons.

English: Drawing of the face of a Parkinson's ...

English: Drawing of the face of a Parkinson’s disease patient showing characteristic symptoms: mainly hypomimia, a expression-less mask-like face. Appeared in Nouvelle iconographie de la Salpétrière 1 : clinique des maladies du système nerveux / publiée sous la direction du professeur Charcot,… ; par Paul Richer,… Gilles de la Tourette,… Albert Londe,…. – 1888. Chapter “Habitude exterieure et facies dans la paralyse agitante”. Plate XL1V (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a rare early preventative measure for diagnosing Parkinson’s. In a study of restless sleep, researchers found that older patients who are suddenly “acting out” their dreams are at a much greater risk of developing Parkinson’s later on.  The acting out is called REM sleep behavior disorder, and shows a high correlation with Lewy bodies in the brain.  The symptoms of restless sleep showed up an average of six years before any other symptoms of Parkinson’s.

The correlations are there, but what is missing is whether early intervention might head off eventual disease and whether treating restless sleep aggressively might delay the onset of other symptoms.

You can find the abstract here.  The correlation was very high.  Of 175 patients, the majority had issues.  But most of the patients were men, so the study may not apply to women.



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