Windsor Parkinson Meeting January 27, 2015

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Welcomes Guest Speaker : Laurie Stone

will be presenting " Managing Sleep and Fatigue. "

L to R - Patricia St. Pierre, MSW, RSW
Laurie Stone
Thank you for sharing their resources :

Parkinson Society Southwestem Ontario Societe Parkinson Sud-0uest de l'0ntario

117-4500 Blakie Rd London, ON N6L 1G5 Phone: 1 -888-851-7376 Email : info@parkinsonsociety.ca www. parkinsonsociety.ca

SLEEP

lf you have Parkinson's you need enough sleep to ensure that you are rested and have the energy needed to effectively manage your symptoms, and to obtain the maximum benefit from your medications. A refreshing sleep may even offer you sleep benefit, a period when you remain symptom free after waking"

Despite this need, you may find your sleep disturbed by a number of factors.

For one, as you age, you may need less sleep at night. Difficulty turning over or

the need to go to the bathroom may awaken you. As well, depression - a

common condition among people with Parkinson's - may cause sleep

difficulties. Here are a few suggestions to help you get a good night's rest:

  • A regular afternoon rest of at least an hour, on the bed, will refresh you

for the evening. A nap allows you to rest your muscles, relieving tension and aches.

  • Sleep on your side. lf your back or hips are sore, put a small soft pillow

between your knees

  • lf you can roll over without difficulty, spend at least 20 minutes a day on

your stomach with your chin resting on your folded arms. This gives the spine an excellent stretch and relieves tension.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise, hot baths or showers for two hours before

bedtime.

  • Do not go to bed hungry.
  • Use the bed for sleeping rather than watching late night television or

balancing bank statements.

  • lf you are disturbing your bed pafiner's sleep or vice versa, consider the

occasional night in separate rooms. Alternatively, replace one large bed with two three-quarter or twin size beds with separate mattresses and covers.

  • You may find it easier to be independent in bed if one side is up against a

wallfor you to push against.

lf you continue to have difficulty sleeping, or if you are experiencing

depression, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor about how you are feeling.

Thank you for Sharing their resources Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario gratefully acknowledges Parkinson

Society British Columbia for sharing their resources and information.

Source: Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC


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Parkinson Society Southwestem Ontario Societd Parkinson Sud-0uest de l'0ntario

117-4500 Blakie Rd London, ON N6L 1G5 Phone: 1 -888-851 -7376 Email : info@parkinsonsociety.ca www. parkinsonsociety.ca

BEDROOM ADJUSTMENTS

Sleep and adequate rest are essential tools for managing the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) and a good bed is fundamental to getting this rest. To ensure the best possible sleep, your bed should be comfortable and appropriate for your needs.

Here are a few ideas regarding your bed and ways to be more comfortable:

  • The bed should be high enough to allow you to sit down on it comfortably.
  • The mattress should be firm.
  • Use a soft pillow that you can position for the greatest comfort.
  • Bedcovers should be light but warm.
  • lf you sleep with a partner, you may find separate covers easier to deal with

(e.9. two single quilts).

  • lf you have difficulty turning over in bed, try sleeping nude from the waist

down. The friction created between nightclothes and sheets around your hips can hinder your movements. Avoid brushed nylon or flannel bottom sheets, which increase friction, and silky sheets, which may be too slippery.

  • Get advice from a physiotherapist about turning and getting in and out of bed.
  • lf you have difficulty with swallowing and drooling, sleep with several pillows

or raise the head of your bed 30 degrees.

  • lf you are very immobile, you may need a hospital bed with rails and a

trapeze. These beds are expensive but may be tax deductible. Always consult an expert, such as an occupationaltherapist, before buying.

Thank you for Sharing their resources: Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario gratefully acknowledges Parkinson

Society British Columbia for sharing their resources and information. Source: Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, University of British Columbia,

Vancouver, BC


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