Rolling Over in Bed


In last week’s edition of the Parkinson’s Newsletter from Dartmouth-Hitchcock (click here to subscribe) ther was a piece on rolling over in bed because there are so many good suggestions. We have permission from editor Diane Sherman to reprint for you.

Rolling Over in Bed
People with Parkinson’s typically have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep for a variety of reasons, including being unable to roll over in bed. If you are having this problem, please talk with your doctor to ensure that you have sufficient night-time PD medication to allow you to move in bed. You might also ask your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist or occupational therapist who can help you by

  • breaking this complex movement down into steps, and
  • providing exercises to strengthen the muscles needed to accomplish these tasks.

Exercises to improve bed mobility

Helpful videos:

You might consider adding in mobility aids (available from many suppliers, including those at links below):

Video demonstration of Friendly Beds Independent Living Modular Bed Rail System. (Friendly Beds won the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging‘s 2016 Innovation in Caregiving Award.)

Some news on the science of rolling over from Physics Central: What Rolling Over in Your Sleep Can Say about Your Health. The article cites the work of a team of Japanese physicists studying “turnover dynamics” in healthy controls and people with PD.

“The researchers proposed that healthy people roll over in two distinct ways, which they call “modes” – a quick mode that consists of rolling every ten seconds or less (not necessarily rolling over entirely, but shifting a bit, with at least a slight rotation), and a slow mode that happens every hundred seconds or more.”

The quick mode of rollover didn’t change much in PD, but the slow mode decreased with increasing severity of PD, as illustrated in the dramatic figures in the research paper.

“Analysis of the data suggests a close association among individuals’ neurological conditions, sleep quality, and statistical properties of the turnover dynamics.”

Davis Phinney launches it’s first official season of The Parkinson’s Podcast
There are quite a variety of topics such as The Neuroscience of Parkinson’s and Advice for the Newly Diagnosed to help you live well with Parkinson’s. Episode 104, uploaded just this week, has Advice for Parkinson’s Care Partners with Connie Carpenter Phinney – click here.
You can either listen to them directly from the episode page on their website, or you can go to iTunes or SoundCloud or wherever you listen to podcasts and listen from there. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before and aren’t sure how to do it, this article gives a great step-by-step tutorial.

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