I’m new to the forum. My husband has PD, diagnosed about 3 and a half years ago. He’s not too bad - shuffling, tremor reasonably under control just now unless he’s having an off day, bit dodgy on the stairs, has given up work completely now (as have I). He’s showing a bit of memory and concentration loss and generally needs a bit more help. He’s still a lovely caring husband, and we’ve enjoyed having our adult children back home during lockdown.
However, he has periods where he’s extremely restless in his sleep - shouting or laughing loudly, flailing arms & legs. Occasionally an arm shoots out and hits me in the face, which is not a great way to wake up. I can cope because it’s not every night, but it is difficult to get back to sleep after someone’s whacked you.
For the first time last night he grabbed my arm so hard that he left a bruise. I had to scream at him to make him wake up and let me go - waking up the whole household in the process. He apologised and went back to sleep. I know he didn’t mean it and it isn’t a huge bruise, but I feel a bit freaked out by it. Maybe it’s time to consider separate beds, although he would be so upset. I’ve been trying to avoid this as I don’t want another thing taken away from him.
I know restlessness at night is something that goes with PD, but this is the worst I’ve experienced so far. Has anyone else had experience of this or does anyone know if it’s something that can be moderated (or is caused by) medication? He likes to go to appointments with the consultant on his own and I feel I’m not very well informed and a bit cut out.