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Frequent nightmares may be a sign of a dangerous illness

From time to time, every person dreams of nightnightmares. Statistics show that most often in terrible dreams, people see the dead, experience a natural disaster, lose their teeth, or fall from a great height. As a rule, terrible dreams haunt men and women after emotional upheavals, however, it also happens that they torment them for no reason. Recently, scientists shared the results of work that lasted as long as 12 years - they say that frequent nightmares for no reason can be a sign of a dangerous disease in which the parts of the brain responsible for movement are affected. This discovery is especially true for people over the age of 40 and for their relatives.

If a person often has nightmares, this is a reason to go to the doctor


  • 1 Why do I often have nightmares?
  • 2 What is Parkinson's disease?
  • 3 Diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
  • 4 How is Parkinson's disease treated?
  • 5 Long-term treatment of Parkinson's disease

Why do you often have nightmares?

In a study whose results werepublished in the scientific journal EClinicalMedicine, scientists followed the brain health of 3,818 older men for twelve years. By the fifth year of scientific work, some of them had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. It is noteworthy that men who suffered from frequent nightmares had a greater risk of developing a dangerous disease.

Frequent nightmares in the elderly are considered a bad sign

What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is dangerousa neurodegenerative disease in which neurons that carry the hormone dopamine die. It is necessary for the transmission of electrochemical impulses between nerve cells and a sense of satisfaction. With a lack of dopamine, the gray matter of the brain begins to put pressure on the cortex, which leads to the defeat of the departments responsible for movement. This disease begins to develop at the age of 50-60 years for various reasons, ranging from heredity to head injuries. The most striking symptoms of Parkinson's disease are tremor, hypokinesia, muscle rigidity, and postural instability.

Parkinson's disease develops very slowly and by the time symptoms appear it is already too late.

This disease is dangerous because it can becontrol only at very early diagnosis. And it is very difficult to do this, because at the initial stages the disease does not manifest itself in any way. Even if a person decides to get tested, the tests are very expensive, and indicators of the disease are few and common - for example, diabetes.

Everything you need to know about Parkinson's disease you can find out here.

Diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

The discovery that frequent nightmares canbe harbingers of Parkinson's disease, this is very good news for doctors. The authors of the study believe that in the future, to identify the early stages of the disease, it will be enough to find out from patients what dreams they usually see. Perhaps they will be asked to keep a sleep diary - so it will be possible to find out more accurately how often people have nightmares.

It seems that scientists have found an important sign of the development of Parkinson's disease

My colleague Artem Sutyagin spoke in detail about what dreams are and whether it is worth believing in them. - here's the link.

How is Parkinson's disease treated?

Once diagnosed, treatment can beginthere is no effective method, and all methods are aimed only at slowing down the development of the disease. For example, patients with Parkinson's disease may be given drugs that increase dopamine levels. In the later stages of the disease, the dose of medication becomes so high that the side effects become unbearable. In this case, you can resort to expensive neurostimulation, in which certain areas of the brain are stimulated with small currents. In this case, a device similar to a pacemaker is implanted in the patient's chest area.

In the treatment of Parkinson's disease, doctors are trying to eliminate the lack of dopamine

In the absence of diagnostics and timelytreatment, people with Parkinson's disease lose the ability to care for themselves as early as 8 years after the onset of the disease. As early as the tenth year they may be bedridden. Unfortunately, even with treatment, problems can be delayed by only 15 years. It goes without saying that Parkinson's disease significantly shortens life expectancy.

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Long-term treatment of Parkinson's disease

In some cases, Parkinson's diseasediagnosed even at the age of 40. Such a misfortune happened to the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali - after leaving the sport, he fought the disease for 35 years and died when he was 74 years old. The boxer's first symptoms of the disease were deterioration in hearing and speech, as well as a violation of the motor functions of the body. The causes of the disease were numerous injuries received during the fights - they were also found in other boxers.

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At the end of the article it is worth noting that if a personsees nightmares only from time to time, this is completely normal. Scientists even believe that nightmares can be beneficial - here is an article on this topic.

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How often do you have nightmares and which one was the worst? Write in the comments, it will be interesting to read.