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Sleep Movement Disorders Program

Sleep disorders can occur with Parkinson’s disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy and Huntington’s disease. Sleep problems include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and acting out dreams during sleep. Individuals can have multiple sleep problems at once.

Addressing sleep disorders is critical because sleep problems can significantly impact function, including motor and cognitive functions, and quality of life for individuals and for caregivers.

One of the most common issues is sleep fragmentation. Sleep can be disrupted due to insomnia (as a primary issue), nocturnal motor symptoms, medications, depressed or anxious mood, sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome.

At Northwestern Medicine, there is a specialized clinical program for sleep disorders in neurodegenerative disease, including PD, other movement disorders and dementias. If you would like to be seen, please discuss with your doctor for a referral.

Our Care Team

  • Sleep Medicine Specialist and Neurologist: Roneil Malkani, MD
  • Registered Nurse: Bridget Boulanger, BSN, RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse: Bailey Chao, LPN

Clinical Trials

You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out how to join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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