[Podcast] Sleep, Light, and Neurodegeneration with Dr. Videnovic

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Sleep, Light, and Neurodegeneration

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In this session from the Victory Summit Virtual Event: Sleep and Parkinson’s, Dr. Aleksander Videnovic explains sleep attacks, RBD (REM Sleep Disorder), Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), Insomnia, Daytime Sleepiness, Drowsiness, Fatigue, as well as how to manage these, the importance of understanding and attending to your circadian biology and using things like light and timing of exercise and medications to improve sleep.

Topics discussed include:

  • How Dr. Videnovic came to specialize in sleep
  • Why Parkinson’s impacts sleep
  • The difference between sleepiness and fatigue
  • Circadian biology and why it’s important
  • The impact of meal timing and exercise timing on your internal clock
  • The difference between sleep issues caused by age and sleep issues caused by Parkinson’s
  • How much sleep do you really need?
  • Explanations of daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, REM sleep behavior disorder, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness and drowsiness
  • Sleep attacks
  • RBD or REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Is sleep talking related to RBD/REM sleep behavior disorder?
  • Restless legs syndrome and RLS “mimics”
  •  Insomnia (inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or sleep enough)
  • When do sleep issues rise to the level of a sleep disorder?
  • The root cause of sleep issues can vary, meaning treatments do too
  • Strategies and medications to improve sleep (including melatonin and light therapy)

and more! We hope you enjoy it!

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