REM Sleep Disorder

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder is a sleep disorder in which you physically act out vivid, often unpleasant dreams with vocal sounds and sudden, often violent arm and leg movements during REM sleep — sometimes called dream-enacting behavior.

About REM Sleep Disorder

REM sleep is a normal stage of sleep that occurs many times during the night – in fact, about 20% of your sleep in spent in REM sleep. This sleep stage is when dreaming happens and usually occurs in the second half of the night. Most people do not move during REM sleep, so movement during this sleeping stage is a key symptom of this disorder. The onset of REM sleep behavior disorder is often gradual and it can get worse with time.

REM sleep behavior disorder may be associated with other neurological conditions, such as Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple system atrophy.

Symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder may include:

  • Movement, such as kicking, punching, arm flailing or jumping from bed, in response to action-filled or violent dreams, such as being chased or defending yourself from an attack
  • Noises, such as talking, laughing, shouting, emotional outcries or even cursing
  • Being able to recall the dream if you awaken during the episode

When to See a Doctor

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above or are experiencing other problems sleeping, you should talk to your doctor immediately.

Risk Factors

Men over 50 years of age who have sleeping problems are often diagnosed with this disorder. However, recently more women are being diagnosed with it as well, but mostly those are under the age of 50. Young adults and children can develop this disorder, but it is usually in association with narcolepsy or a brain tumor.

In general, people with narcolepsy are more likely to develop REM sleep disorder over time. People who take certain medications, especially antidepressants, can also experience this disorder, as it can be a side effect of the drug. Evidence suggests that there may also be several specific environmental or personal risk factors for REM sleep behavior disorder, including occupational pesticide exposure, farming, smoking or a previous head injury.

Contact Reliable MD Today!

REM sleep disorder is quite serious and should be treated immediately. At Reliable MD, we are sleep experts and know how to fix even the most complicated sleeping issues. If you are experiencing any sleeping problems at all, we can help. Click here or give us a call at 727-203-4613.

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