A person drifting off to sleep using a tea, white noise and other techniques to achieve better sleep

Resting Well – Sleep Is Regenerative

Sleep, it’s a ritual we have performed mostly without issue, since childhood. It was as easy as putting on your pajamas, lie down, close your eyes, and wake up revived, to take on another day. Whether you have Parkinson’s disease or not, sometimes in almost everyone’s life, sleep patterns can get disrupted due to schedules, diet, stress, body chemistry, and numerous other factors.

Reprogram your system

Catching up on that precious missed sleep and attempting to regain that cyclical formula that once worked for you before may require new tweaks to the body and mind. Reprogramming your system to regain what it once was may take medical, diet, physical, neurological, or psychological assistance.

Sleep is crucial but also complex

Sleep is a crucial part of our relieving our brains, allowing our minds and bodies to refresh, and is an opportunity for the brain to create dopamine. I am not a sleep expert, but I can confess that I always function better when I sleep better. Sleep is complex and can be interrupted by worries of all kinds, stress, anxiety, diet, pain, and a variety of other reasons. Disrupted sleep can result in a variety of symptoms from emotional issues, nodding off, headaches, diet issues, anger, and the need to nap.

Altering your sleep patterns

I have been fortunate to sleep well and through the benefits of knowing reiki techniques, I am able to attain a deep sleep. There are techniques, exercises, and potential therapies to try before reverting to medications to alter your sleep patterns. Also, work with your medical professionals to address any sleep issues.

Helpful hints

Here are a few ideas to try to improve your sleep:

  • Eat a banana or try chamomile tea at bedtime
  • Keep a schedule that is as consistent as possible
  • Soft music, white noise, and a dark cool room without electronics
  • Meditation, yoga, Reiki, relaxation, and other complementary therapies may have a positive impact on your sleep
  • If you find a sleep deficit is interfering in your day, tell your physician what is going on and to seek out some answers
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  • stanleyrosenberg
    2 months ago

    I have started going to sleep wearing a sleeping mask and get a deep night sleep.

  • Chris H. moderator
    2 months ago

    Great tip, @stanleyrosenberg! Thanks for taking the time to share that. – Chris, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team

  • Michael Church
    2 months ago

    Great article Karl! I have recently found too much sleep to be problematic. I feel fatigued and it is difficult to be productive. My intention is good but my body doesn’t seem motivated.

  • Karl R moderator author
    2 months ago

    Thanks Michael! Congrats on your prolific writing, I love what you write and you have written so much! Keep up the good work!

    Karl

  • Dan Glass
    2 months ago

    I was just thinking about how my sleep has been out of whack since going back on Amantadine.

    Good article.

  • Karl R moderator author
    2 months ago

    Thanks Dan, it is interesting how our brain chemistry seems to shift or get out of sync.

    Thanks,

    Karl, ParkinsonsDisease.net Community Team Member

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