Sleep can improve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in some
patients, a study conducted in the Netherlands has shown.
Some of the study participants reported that their motor function
was better when they awoke in the morning after a night's sleep
The lead researcher in this study was Dr Sebastiaan Overeem of the
Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and
Behavior at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.
"If the subjective experience of sleep benefit is proven to be
related to an objective improvement in motor function, this could
have considerable clinical benefits," he said.
The benefit of bed rest on Parkinson's disease has been studied in
the past, but no consistent variables have been found so far.
Sleep is highly important for those without the disease too, with
Dr Timothy Sharp of the Happiness Institute recently explaining
that not getting enough time in bed can have a negative impact on
Posted by Michael Ewing