Sleep deprivation is very common amongst us 'Parkies".
For the 8 yrs that I have had this illness, insomnia has been a huge problem. I think that I mentioned that it was a big reason that I retired from teaching early. For 8 years, I have lived on an average of 4 hours a night.
I often comment to Yon, who as I write is sleeping peacefully, that it is just as well that I have a good nature; I could be a real bitch with the amount (or lack of) sleep I get!
This lack of sleep has led me to meeting many international fellow Parkies over the years. There are various chat rooms where one may safely meet these people, and I have built up a large list on Yahoo.
After 8 years, I had enough. I was conking out at 3pm, and need a powernap.
So late last year, my neurologist referred me to a 'Movement Disorder' Psychologist.
I have, for years, refused sleeping tablets, as I figure I swallow enough pills as it is, and I was afraid of addiction.
Finally, I am on a small dose of Serrequel, which is used in bigger doses for depression or schizophrenia.
It was explained that the medication I take for the lack of dopomine, makes my brain overactive.
So now I take my pill, get about 6 to 8 hours, (am usually up at 6am when alarm goes off). The off side is vivid stupid dreams. But usually I stay in bed when I wake, (often hourly), and I no longer need that power nap.
The upside is that my Scrabble, literati and backgammon skills have improved greatly.
Sleep deprivation is very common amongst us Parkies.
... back to bed..... I have a wedding tonight...