thoughts on Sleeping!
section has been placed adjacent to the section on Creative
Visualization; and Self-Hypnosis, because once you have mastered
Self-Hypnosis, sleep becomes almost automatic.
same breathing process is required.
even use the same trigger!
thing one has to consider, is your medication.
if one is on Sinemet Cr, there is a adrenenal rush in most people
soon after you take the medication. Which will vary from one
person to another. Regular Sinemet is even faster. This often
translates into a 'rush' of energy, which is the last thing
that one needs before going to bed. Unless they are able to
go instantly to sleep. This is often referred to as an "
on " period.
In my case,
I do not have tremors at night, and if I have to get up in the
night, I have no trouble getting back to sleep. Trying to go
to sleep when towards the middle or close to the end of an "on"
period is easy. Trying to go to sleep when in an "off "
period, is a much more difficult proposition. My left arm is
the one that is most active. There are times when I have to
sit on it, or lay on it, or rest my _self arm on top of the
left just below my elbow, squeeze my thumb in order to go to
I can stop
my tremors, but only so long. If I want to go tosleep I must
be able to do it fast!
As a person
ages, the body most often gets a lot less exercise. This results
in poor circulation, primarily in the legs! We don't move around
as much, and we tend to sit with our legs curled up under us.
The ' pumps' that move our blood back upward get tired and are
unable to do as good a job as they used to. So it is important
that we keep our legs stretched out while sitting or sleeping
rather than curled up under us. For most of my life, I slept
on my side. As a result of an extended stay in a hospital, and
a 'care' facility I did not get enough exercise, my circulation
deteriorated, cramps set in, and I could not afford to spend
9 to 12 hours sleeping on my side with legs curled up. So I
had to force myself to sleep on my back, and have some Apple
Cider Vinegar brought in to restore proper circulation.
A bed guard
as pictured below part of which is fastened under the mattress,
which will provide some security and easier mobility.
- A night
light should be placed in or near the bedroom, as well as
or satin PJ's will make moving or turning over easier.
- A silk
or satin top sheet folded lengthwise and placed across the
bed, and tucked under the mattress on each side will facilitate
- A side
bar placed under the mattress, will act as a safety rail as
well as a means of hoisting your body out of bed.
It is a good idea to turn the mattress over, and end for end
- A mattress
should be firm but not hard, to facilitate movement.
your day time naps so you can sleep at night.
taken on a couch or on an easy chair tend to be shorter.
your fluid intake 3 to 4 hours before bed time, an empty bladder
makes for a better sleep.
your food intake to 3 hours prior to bed time so your body
gets a chance to heal and rest.
- Try to
keep regular hours.
a flashlight nearby in case of a power failure.
and keep nearby, a"Thermal Heat Reflecting Blanket".
- Try to
have light weight bed blankets which facilitate moving.
your bed so that you can sit on the edge of the bed, with
your feet flat on the floor even if you have to put a firm
platform to stand on. I use a hard solid suit case that can
slide under the bed when not in use. It allows me a chance
to pause, while waiting for my blood pressure to stabilize.
- If sleeping
alone, make sure the blankets on one side of the bed are tucked
under the mattress so they will stay put and not come loose.
- One hours
sleep before midnight is worth 2 afterwards, as it is "rem
sleep": the deepest sleep of the night.
sure you are warm, and wear socks if your feet are cold.
Body Thermostat !
of the symptoms PD folks often experience is that their body
thermostat goes haywire. It may not adjust to a change in temperature.
one has to be ready for any changes that you may experience.
have found that my tremors go out of control when I get too
building in which I live, lowers the heat in the winter months
around 12 midnight, and comes back on around 6 AM. This change
in temperature went from comfortable to cooler, to over heated,
to cold ( tremors go into overdrive) all of which messed up
electric oil heater in the picture above, with a timer, solved
the problem after some adjustment. It turns on at 11:30, and
goes off at 6AM.
As backup, I have a Thermal Emergency Blanket in case of a
power outage. The Thermal Blanket is also valuable to have
in car during cold weather to keep you warm, in case of a