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Symptoms of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

The main symptom of REM sleep behavior disorder is dream-enacting behaviors, sometimes violent, causing self-injury or injury to a bed partner.

These behaviors are usually non-directed and may include punching, kicking, leaping, or jumping from bed while still asleep.

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The person may be awakened or wake spontaneously during the attack and vividly recall the dream that corresponds to the physical activity.

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on October 20, 2015

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