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Covid-19 lockdown may worsen sleep disturbances in Parkinson’s disease
Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 22 December 2020
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Researchers have found that sleep disturbances caused by isolation during the coronavirus pandemic may lead to worse Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Over 800 people with Parkinson’s disease in India took part in an online survey as part of the study – and more than one third of participants reported sleep disturbances. Around 24% reported new-onset or worsening of sleep disturbances. This was linked to a lack of adequate family support during quarantine, isolating for more than 60 days – and having Parkinson’s disease for more than seven years. Additionally, the results showed that engaging in exercise and new hobbies during home confinement was associated with better sleep.
The study authors concluded: “Home confinement during Covid-19 pandemic was significantly associated with [new-onset/worsening symptoms] among PD subjects. […] Physical activity and adoption of new hobbies during home confinement were associated with better sleep.”
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