How can …
early investigation and home monitoring of sleeping problems improve quality of life for Parkinson patients?
#3 – Good health & well-being
Parkinson’s disease is known to cause sleeping problems for many patients. This is detrimental for their quality of life, particularly for the younger patients who are (still) working. The sleeping problems cannot always be solved through medication. Also, monitoring of sleeping problems is nowadays done in specialized sleeping labs, that usually have long waiting lists. The sleeping labs also monitor the sleep under strongly controlled conditions, that might not be representative for the home situation of the patient.
Yet, environmental factors can have significant influence on quality of sleep (especially with disturbed sleep): e.g. matrass comfort, temperature and humidity in the bedroom, presence of partner, sound, light,…
We believe nowadays technologies (e.g. online questionnaires, wireless sensors, smart textile solutions) offer opportunities to tackle this problem in a more advanced way.
What has been done already?
Smart textiles development for monitoring.
What are the next steps?
Gathering data via a questionnaire
Development of a prototype sensor system
A validated questionnaire
A prototype for a sensor system