According to a new study by neurologist Abidemi I. Otaiku from Birmingham City Hospital in England, people with Parkinson’s disease are more likely than healthy people to have nightmares.
The scientist analyzed the data of a large 12-year study in which 3818 men participated. They completed several questionnaires, one of which included questions about the quality of their sleep and dreams. During the entire period of the study, Parkinson’s disease was diagnosed in 91 people.
The results of the experiment, published in the journal eClinicalMedicine, showed that volunteers who had frequent nightmares had twice the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those who had nightmares less than once a week.
“Older people may begin to have nightmares years before they develop the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement.” says the author of the study.
The neurologist notes that most people who have frequent nightmares are unlikely to ever get Parkinson’s. However, for those who are at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, it is worth remembering that bad dreams can be a sign of the onset of this disease. This will help to diagnose the disease earlier and start treatment faster.
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