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REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD)

What is REM Sleep Behavior Disorder?

For most people, a paralysis will take place from the neck down in order to prevent you from acting out the activities that are taking place in your brain. In Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep Behavior Disorder, that paralysis doesn't occur completely. People with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder will act out activities that are taking place in their sleep. Typically, the activities are more violent or aggressive activity, which can be harmful to the individual and their bed partner.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder is becoming more recognized because we now know there are a number of medications that can trigger this condition.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and Parkinson's Disease

We also know there is a strong correlation between REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and certain neurologic conditions like Parkinson's Disease. A very high percentage of people with Parkinson's Disease will have REM Sleep Behavior Disorder - sometimes REM Sleep Behavior Disorder will be the earliest symptom of Parkinson's Disease.

Anyone experiencing REM Sleep Behavior Disorder symptoms is highly encouraged to get an evaluation in the Sleep Disorders Clinic for evaluation to determine if it's a symptom of an underlying condition.

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Sleep studies

  • For a sleep study, you will have an overnight stay at the Sleep Center at Crossing Rivers Health.
  • Using state-of-the-art equipment, your brain waves, eye movements, breathing patterns, heart rate and rhythm, blood oxygen levels, and leg movements are measured and recorded throughout the night.
  • A technician will monitor your sleep all night and gather data.
  • This information is reviewed in detail by a sleep specialist to determine if you have a sleep disorder.

Meet our provider:

Scott Johnson, MD
Sleep Disorders Specialist

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