Evaluation and Treatment of Common Sleep Disorders Associated with Parkinson’s

Lecture Description
Sleep disorders may predate the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD) by decades. The prevalence of sleep disorders in patients with PD is high and can include insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and REM sleep behavior disorder (acting out, sometimes violently, during the night). Medication treatment for Parkinson’s can induce excessive sleepiness. In addition, fatigue, poor concentration, memory loss, and lack of energy are symptoms frequently seen in Parkinson’s and can result from, or be exacerbated by, sleep disorders. Alternatively, common motor symptoms of rigidity and bradykinesia (slowness of movement) may cause difficulties in initiating and maintaining sleep. Addressing sleep disorders is an essential part of managing and improving the well-being of persons living with Parkinson’s.

Learner Outcomes:
  • •  Describe three common sleep disorders associated with Parkinson’s.
  • •  Describe the primary characteristics of a REM sleep behavior disorder.
  • •  List three treatment options for patients experiencing sleep disorders related to Parkinson’s.

Waleed H. El-Feky, MD

Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: Volunteer member of Parkinson Voice Project's Medical Advisory Board

Waleed H. El-Feky, MD graduated from Ain Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt in December 1990 and completed his internship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. He completed his neurology training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he served as the Chief Resident of Neurology from 1996 to 1997. Dr. El-Feky completed his fellowship in Neurophysiology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition, he completed a second fellowship in Neurointensive Care at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio in 1999. Dr. El-Feky currently practices general neurology and sleep medicine at Texas Neurology, PA in Dallas, Texas where he is the director of the Texas Neurology Sleep Disorders Center. He is affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.