Sleep Apnea

Title of the study: Treatment of sleep apnea in Parkinson’s disease

Principle Investigator : Martha kaminska, MD, MSc,

Co-investigators : Anne-Louise Lafontaine, MD, Andrea Benedetti, PhD and Gabriel Leonard, PhD

Abstract : Sleep disturbances are common in Parkinson’s disease, and often contribute to a reduced quality of life. Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing problem that occurs during sleep where a blockage in the breathing passages recurs many times during the night preventing proper breathing and stable sleep. It is very common in the general population. It can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, poor memory, anxiety and depression.

Purpose of the study : The purpose of the study is to compare two methods of treatment of sleep apnea in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, reaserchers are interested to find out which treatment for sleep apnea is better at improving cognitive function (e.g. thinking and memory), “non-motor” symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (e.g. poor sleep quality, fatigue, depressive symptoms) and quality of life.