This is the story of Pam and John; she in her early 50’s and John is 62. Pam is a college professor. John taught at a local community college until diagnosed with Parkinson’s in March 2008, then Lewy Body Dementia in April.


Friday, July 25, 2008

REM sleep behavior disorder

John does not have hallucinations or paranoia (yet), but the prospect of psychosis is very real to me because I really do feel endangered in bed at night by the REM sleep behavior disorder. A few nights ago I woke up just before he hit out at me, though he connected with my body pillow, not with me. He doesn't wake up, doesn't remember a thing in the morning.

The sleep doctor is going to put him on Klonopin, which is supposed to help, but only after he has a sleep study, which couldn't be scheduled until the beginning of September. If that doesn't work I think it will be time to just sleep in separate rooms. If we were going to bed at the same time I would do it now, but it doesn't seem as necessary when we usually don't overlap in bed more than two hours (he falls asleep in a chair, while I get up early).

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