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.

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

REM sleep behavior disorder can be associated with diseases such as Parkinson's.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on October 24, 2019


SOURCES: "REM sleep behavior disorder."

National Sleep Foundation: "REM Behavior Disorder & Sleep."

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