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Research: Bad dreams and nightmares are linked to Parkinson’s

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According to a new study conducted in the UK, it was stated that people who have frequent terrible dreams or nightmares are on the way to developing Parkinson’s disease.

Research conducted at the University of Birmingham reported that there is evidence that regular bad dreams can be an early warning sign to improve the condition.

The lead author of the University’s Center for Human Brain Health, Dr. “While we need to do more research in this area, determining the value of terrible dreams and nightmares should seek medical attention in later life for individuals experiencing changes in their dreams,” Abidemi Otaku said.

3 thousand 818 people were examined

The new study used data from 3,818 men aged 67 years and older from the US Male Osteoporotic Fractures Study.

At the start of the study, none of the men had Parkinson’s and were asked about the frequency of haunting dreams.

Subjects who reported terrible dreams at least once a week were followed up to see if they were more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the end of the study.

After a seven-year follow-up, 91 Parkinson’s events were diagnosed, most in the first five years of the trial.


People who had frequent nightmares in the first five years were more than three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Research liaison manager at Parkinson’s UK, Dr. “We know that many people with Parkinson’s have sleep and nighttime problems. Research has often focused on symptoms that may occur in the early stages of the disease before diagnosis, as these may help us to hypothesize who will develop Parkinson’s in the future,” said Catherine Fletcher.

“Previous research has shown that a certain sleep issue, known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder, in which dreams occur, is linked to a higher risk of Parkinson’s,” says Fletcher. However, the presence of this disorder alone is not sufficient to predict a future diagnosis”.

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