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Sleep and Fatigue

Sleep and fatigue are two distinct symptoms. General tiredness as a result from lack of sleep can sometimes be mistaken as fatigue but fatigue is lack of energy, exhaustion or weariness despite sleeping well.

There are a range of other sleep issues that can also arise with Parkinson’s, these include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of sleep
  • Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavioural disorder
  • Sleeping too much

Lack of sleep or inability to get a full night’s sleep (insomnia) is common for many people with Parkinson’s and can often result from other Parkinson’s symptoms, for example:

  • Acting out dreams/thrashing in sleep
  • Cramp or dystonia at night
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Difficulty turning in bed
  • Need to go to the toilet at night
  • Restless leg at night
  • Shouting in sleep
  • Sudden jerking in sleep
  • Temperature changes at night
  • Vivid dreams/nightmares

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Lack of energy


Excessive daytime sleepiness




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