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.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on October 14, 2017


SOURCES: "REM sleep behavior disorder."

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

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