Neurological Disorders and Sleep

Alzheimer’s Disease and Sleep

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a form of dementia, or loss of brain function. AD affects memory, thinking, speech and behavior and it gradually worsens over time. Sleep problem often go hand in hand with AD. Sleep is impacted by the loss of brain tissue which may disrupt the sleep/wake cycle, which can cause sleep problems such as nighttime wandering or agitation. Currently, scientists do not completely understand why AD patients experience sleep disturbances.

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Parkinson's Disease and Sleep

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder which affects the nervous system and causes a loss of cells in the part of the brain controlling voluntary movements. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, shaking, stiffness, slow movements and difficulty with coordination and balance. A person with Parkinson’s may also suffer from loss of memory, depression and sleep problems. The symptoms of the disease are permanent and usually worsen over time, but the rate of the progression varies depending on the individual.

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Epilepsy and Sleep

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures caused by surges of electrical signals in the brain. The increase in electrical activity may cause various symptoms, from simply staring blankly for a few seconds to full-fledged convulsions where the body shakes violently.

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Restless Leg Syndrome and Sleep

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder where a person has the overwhelming need to move their legs, sometimes accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. The symptoms commonly develop during times of inactivity and are briefly relieved by movement. It is particularly prevalent in the evening and at night, and can interfere with sleep and significantly reduce the quality of life. Those suffering with RLS struggle with falling and staying asleep and, in turn, have to deal with severe sleep deprivation.

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For more information about neurological disorders and various treatments that can benefit sleep quality, call The Los Angeles Sleep Study Institute at 1-855-690-0563.