Hello everyone. I wondered if anyone has experimented with sleep aids and parkinsons. I have absolutely no problem falling asleep; my problem begins when I get up around 3-4 a.m. for a potty break. Before parkinsons, I could get up, get to the bathroom, and get back into bed - all without ever opening my eyes. Now with the parkinsoins, I have to "think" about my balance, etc., so that by the time I get back into bed, I am quite awake. Then my brain won't turn off, so I often get up about 430 or so, which makes for an extremely long day. I have used xanax, .5 mg, occasionally (once every week or 2 - sometimes only half a pill) and I sleep wonderfully, but I'm reluctant to use it regularly because isn't xanax a narcotic? Does anyone else have the same middle of the night issues? Does anyone else use herbs or natural sleep aids?
Thank you so much for your time.