Hot off the research press is a journal article with a self-explanatory title: Effects of exercise on sleep in neurodegenerative disease.
It starts by summarising the main things that affect sleep in people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases as being:
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- damage to the sleep-wake system in the brain, that affects the circadian rhythm and disrupts normal sleeping and waking patterns; and
- “secondary mechanisms” which include a raft of things like medication side effects, having to get up to the toilet during the night, poor sleep “hygiene”, sleep-related breathing disorders, and the environment in which you try to sleep.
Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep is a very good read. He writes beautifully and with well-argued clarity.
Prof Walker gives very compelling evidence that sleep is not an optional human behaviour – that if we want to live well and live long, then ensuring a good night’s sleep (every night and without drugs) will make that more possible.
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Al has Parkinson’s and he started using a two-wavelength Duo Coronet in July last year, once daily in the morning.
I had an email from Al the other day, and I have his permission to quote his very interesting comments.
‘If I miss a day session, there is a gradual change in me. Bad dreams come back, my tolerance level goes way down and my lethargy goes way up.’
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I can understand the skepticism about the biological effect of red lights, because that’s where I started from. It seemed too good to be true. However, there is a wealth of excellent quality research out there, and the evidence is compelling that red and near infrared lights protect existing neurones, and can stimulate new neurones to be created, stimulate blood vessels to increase connections- neuroprotection, neurogenesis and angiogenesis.
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I wrote the following for someone interested in the effects of red and near infrared lights in Parkinson’s Disease. It is a summary of PD-related redlightsonthebrain blog posts.
Research findings blog posts are:
1. A summary of the findings of the people with PD using bucket light hats published in a peer reviewed journal.
2. A summary of a 2016 presentation given by Prof John Mitrofanis, an international leader in research on red lights and PD.
Interesting anecdotal blog posts are:
1. On sleep
2. On the subtlety of the effects of transcranial red and near infrared lights
Trans-cranial red light can improve REM or dream sleep disruption in people with Parkinson’s Disease.
For spouses of people with Parkinson’s, the above quote can be a threat.
We have a protective mechanism that stops the body moving during dream or REM sleep. So while you are dreaming about running away from an enraged grizzly bear, your body is still.
One of the many awful things about Parkinson’s is that can disrupt this protective mechanism during dream sleep. This means that when the grizzly bear is chasing, your body is no longer still. You are running as fast as you can while lying in bed.
If your spouse is lying next to you, it is like war has broken out. Your frantic running from the grizzly bear results in an eruption of kicking and thrashing. You are fast asleep but your spouse has had a rude awakening.
Daily light hat use can stop warfare during dream sleep.
There has been a steady increase in the number of spouses reporting that the outbreaks of war have stopped following daily use of red light. As well, the person with Parkinson’s feels that sleep is of a better quality.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
One of the reports came from a chap who had the DBS procedure. He was initially apprehensive about using an Eliza because of his DBS, but there is no good scientific reason to suspect that there would be any adverse reaction.
His dream sleep has resumed being peaceful, and he is much happier with improved sleep. And so is his wife.