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Reversal of sleep disturbance in Parkinson's disease by antiparkinsonian therapy: a preliminary study.

Authors
  • Askenasy, J J
  • Yahr, M D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neurology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1985
Volume
35
Issue
4
Pages
527–532
Identifiers
PMID: 3982638
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In a previous study, the sleep pattern in Parkinson's disease patients was found to be altered. The disturbance consisted of a "light fragmented sleep pattern" with increased muscle activity. Using a combined polysomnographic and electromyographic recording technique, we found that a reversal of the light fragmented sleep pattern and normalization of muscle activity during sleep occurred after clinical improvement with dopaminergic treatment. The effect of dopaminergic treatment on sleep disturbance was analyzed. There is an intimate relationship between sleep pattern and the normalization of sleep muscle activity produced by dopaminergic agents.

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