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Learn more about Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

Content updated on Sep 16, 2022

What is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder?

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior or dream-enacting behavior is a sleep disorder in which a person physically acts out vivid, often unpleasant dreams with, shouting/ talking, violent arm and leg movements during REM sleep. REM sleep is a unique phase of sleep i characterized by random rapid movement of the eyes, low muscle tone and vivid dreams.

Symptoms of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

  • Abnormal sleep behaviors happen just before waking up in the morning

  • Abnormal sleep behaviors that happen together with nightmares

  • Usually able to recall the events in my dreams

  • Uncontrollable movements that usually happen at night

  • Light sleeper or easily awoken

  • Sleep-talking loudly

  • Have performed violent actions while asleep

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

  • Do your abnormal sleep behaviors usually happen just before you wake up in the morning?

  • Do your abnormal sleep behaviors happen together with nightmares?

  • Are you usually able to recall the events in your dreams?

  • Do your uncontrollable movements usually happen at night?

  • Are you a light sleeper or easily awoken?

Treatment for rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

Treatment for REM sleep behavior disorder may include physical safeguards and medications to reduce symtoms. Physical safeguards padding the floor near the bed, removing dangerous objects from the bedroom, protecting bedroom windows, etc.

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