REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Treatment

During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the time during which we have dreams, most people are unable to move their bodies. This paralysis (called atonia) is completely normal. In REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, however, patients experience just the opposite by physically acting out their dreams, typically through violent movements and loud sounds. 
The disorder can be hazardous to the patient and their sleeping partner, and can even worsen over time.

Our sleep specialists are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. Contact us if you suspect that you or your partner may be suffering from this disorder. 

Our experienced sleep specialists are expertly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. Contact us for an evaluation. Schedule an appointment with our sleep specialists today! 

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FAQs on REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: 

What Is REM Sleep Behavior Disorder?

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder is characterized by physically acting out dreams through sleep talking, vocal sounds, and sudden arm and leg movements. This disorder can be dangerous due to the risk of injury to yourself and/or your sleeping partner.

What Are the Symptoms of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder?

Symptoms of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder include:

  • Movement in response to a violent or stressful dream (e.g. kicking, punching, jumping out of bed)
  • Noises (e.g. sleep talking, laughing, shouting, cursing)
  • Ability to recall a dream if you wake during an episode

What Are The Risk Factors of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder?

  • Being male and over 50 years old
  • Neurodegenerative disorder (such as stroke, dementia or Parkinson's disease)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Certain antidepressants
  • Alcohol and drug use or withdrawal

How Is REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Treated?

This disorder is typically managed through physical safeguards and medication. 

Physical Safeguards

  • Place padding on the floor near your bed
  • Take all sharp objects out of the bedroom
  • Install barriers around your bed
  • Keep furniture as far away from the bed as possible

Medication

  • Melatonin can be used to reduce symptoms with little to no side effects
  • Klonopin (an anti-anxiety drug) is the conventional treatment for reducing symptoms