NeuroTrials Research is the only facility in Georgia and only one of 15 nationwide investigating the link between Parkinson’s disease and excessive sleepiness.
Experts estimate 30 to 50% of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are excessively sleepy during the day, severely affecting their quality of life. What’s unclear is if their sleepiness is because of the disease or because of their medication. NeuroTrials Research is searching for this answer with a new research study.
“This is the first study to focus on improving the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients by looking at the links between the disease and sleep,” said Dr. Russell Rosenberg, NeuroTrials Research founder and CEO.
Gunther Eichler, 73, from Alpharetta, similarly experiences excessive sleepiness during the day. He’s been living with Parkinson’s since 2003 when shaking in his left hand was the first indication of the disease’s onset. In fact, before he was diagnosed with the disease, he once fell asleep at the wheel and “it almost killed me,” he said.
“I hit a road sign which made such a loud noise that it woke me up. I was headed straight for a bridge and I woke me up just in time,” Eichler, a veteran, said. He no longer drives.
To read the full press release, including interviews with another PD patient, click here.
Have your sleep habits changed with your Parkinson's disease?
You may qualify for this study if you:
- are 35-80 years of age
- have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
- are experiencing excessive sleepiness while on stable treatment for your Parkinson’s disease
- are otherwise in general good health
For more information call 404-851-9934 or visit the study page.