I had the honour of sharing my wellness keynote at every Parkinson’s conference hosted by provincial chapters across Canada, (and a few in the USA!) The keynote topic was “Four Dimensions of Living Well with Parkinson’s” view here. The themes 0f physical, emotional, mental and spiritual were explored with practical skills and tools.
The issue of sleep deprivation associated with PD is common. I joked with my audiences about getting silk bedsheets or silk PJs to help to turn over smoothy, but advised against both as your might slip like butter off the bed.
Now its caught up to me. I have been blessed with the ability to sleep anywhere anytime. And i got the sleep gene from my Dad who is on record of actually falling asleep on a subway train careening and lurching on the squealing rails of the London Underground. One of my more famous moments was Dad and I having a midday nap in our rental car at battery park in St Johns, NF while we waited 10 hours for our red eye flight to Ireland. The police officer was forgiving.
Since January I have awoken on my own or to help our 15 year old Bichon off the bed to pee at his whining request. But i can’t get back to sleep like i used to. My test as to whether i can fall back to sleep is to take a long full inhale breathes thru the nose and 10 long exhales though my mouth. If that doesn’t work then I might as well and get up and get something done. Good Morning? awaken to the new normal.