This has no doubt been discussed before but I haven't really used this site much yet and so haven't found it.

My PD is reasonably controlled during the day but I dread going to bed! As soon as I get in to bed I am uncomfortable, mainly because of my leg which has the tremor. The tremor gets less but the whole leg feels tight and uncomfortable no matter where I put it. When I finally manage to get to sleep it is only for 2 hours max and then I HAVE to get up and walk around as the leg feels like a dead weight. So then the whole thing is repeated - I can't get comfortable and eventually may sleep for another 2 hours! This means I am up several times in the night.

My neurologist gave me a 50 mg dispersible Madopar to take when I woke in the night and recently I have had to take 2, one at about 2 am and the second at around 5 am. I also take Madopar controlled release at around 8.45 pm before I go to bed at around 10 pm. This helps a bit but I wondered if anyone else had this problem and how they deal with it.

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  • Janew

    Have you viewed the video referred to in the post immediately before your post called 'improving sleep' ? Hopefully you will get several responses to your question, but may I suggest that you start off by obtaining magnesium citrate tablets and take the recommended daily amount. In case you don't know, 80% of people in western countries are deficient in this mineral to one degree or another and it is involved in the body in many ways. If you try this mineral, do not get the oxide version as it is less absorbable compared with the citrate version and try it for several weeks at least.


  • thanks Norton I will get some tomorrow! I don't see where the video is!

  • Here Is The Link. Just Click On It and It Should Open.

  • hello janew, it sounds like you might have restless legs syndrome, norton is absolutely right in what he says about magnesium, here is a little info on RLS.

    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by four major features;

    A compulsory desire to move the limbs usually associated with a sensation of burning or tingling.

    Motor movement to relieve discomfort such as floor pacing, leg rubbing, or stretching the limb.

    Partial or temporary relief of symptoms by activity.

    Worsening of the symptoms at rest and in the evening or night.

    Possibly the most important single nutrient for this condition, Magnesium is relatively deficient in the modern diet and almost all nutritional programmes for general well being include extra magnesium. It is therefore expedient for sufferers of RLS to try adding extra magnesium to their diet.

  • Lifestyle changes are often suggested for RLS including

    Reducing or stopping use of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco products;

    Developing and keeping a regular sleep schedule;

    Getting moderate exercise;

    Taking hot or cold baths, rubbing or massaging the legs or other affected body parts, or using a heating pad or ice pack.

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