Frequent Nightmares Can Be an Early Sign of Parkinson’s Disease

A new study from the University of Birmingham suggests that frequent nightmares in senior men could be an early symptom of developing Parkinson's disease.Frequent Nightmares Can Be an Early Sign of Parkinson's Disease

For this study, researchers tracked the health of 3,818 older men with typical brain functioning for 12 years and found that those who experienced frequent distressing dreams were twice as likely to develop Parkinson's. Moreover, most patients were diagnosed with the condition within the first five years of the study.

Neurologist Abidemi Otaiku from the University of Birmingham, UK, says: “Although it can be really beneficial to diagnose Parkinson's disease early, there are very few risk indicators and many of these require expensive hospital tests or are very common and non-specific, such as diabetes.”

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