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The impact of nocturnal disturbances on daily quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Authors Yu R, Tan C, Wu R

Received 26 March 2015

Accepted for publication 12 May 2015

Published 6 August 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 2005—2012

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S85483

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Wai Kwong Tang

Rwei-Ling Yu,1 Chun-Hsiang Tan,2 Ruey-Meei Wu3

1Institute of Behavioral Medicine, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan; 2Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, King’s College London, London, UK; 3Department of Neurology, National Taiwan University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Objectives: The aims of this study were to explore nocturnal disturbances in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to assess their impact on quality of life (QoL).
Methods: A total of 211 patients with PD were recruited for this study, and each participant was evaluated using the mini-mental state examination, PD sleep scale – second version (PDSS-2), pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI), PD QoL questionnaire (PDQ), Epworth sleepiness scale, Hoehn and Yahr (H&Y) staging, and unified Parkinson’s disease rating scale (UPDRS). Multiple regression analyses were performed to determine the contribution of the predictive variables on QoL.
Results: There were 56.4% males (mean age: 64.08 years; disease duration: 6.02 years; H&Y stage: 2.25; and UPDRS: 33.01) in this study. Our patients’ actual sleep time was 5.96±1.16 hours and the average sleep efficiency was 82.93%±12.79%. Up to 64.4% of patients were classified as “poor” sleepers and 23.8% suffered from daytime sleepiness. The final stepwise regression model revealed that UPDRS parts I and II, the sleep disturbance and daytime dysfunction components of the PSQI, the PD symptoms at night subscale of the PDSS-2, and the levodopa equivalent dose were significant predictors of the PDQ score (R2=53, F7,165=28.746; P<0.001).
Conclusion: Most of the PD patients have sleep problems, and nearly one-quarter of them have abnormal daytime somnolence. The nocturnal disturbances were found to result in worse QoL in PD patients. Ethnicity-specific effects of susceptibility to sleep disturbances were discussed, and these results also highlighted the direction for further studies to explore when examining effective management programs toward these disturbances.

Keywords: sleep, non-motor symptoms, Parkinson’s disease, quality of life

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