Rapid Eye Movement Behaviour Disorder

Rapid Eye Movement Behaviour Disorder

Rapid eye movement behaviour disorder (RBD) is when the sleeper acts out their dreams in a violent or dramatic manner whilst engaged in REM sleep. Generally, these dreams are vivid, intense, and violent and accompanied by yelling, punching, kicking, sitting, jumping from bed, arm flailing and grabbing.

Symptoms of RBD

Some of the symptoms of RBD are:

  • Acting out violent, vivid dreams
  • Violent behaviours such as hitting, yelling, punching, kicking, or thrashing about in or out of the bed
  • Waking from sleep with injuries such as bruises, bumps and cuts
  • Speech or sounds during sleep
  • Sleepiness during the daytime
  • Temporary muscle paralysis

Causes of RBD

Some of the causes of RBD are:

  • Degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson disease
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mental disorders
  • Reactions to drugs and alcohol

Related Pages

* Dream Disorders Overview

* What are Night Terrors?

* What is Sleep Paralysis?

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