REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD)

Effective treatments to help you manage RBD

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) Care

Rapid eye movement — or REM — sleep is the stage of sleep during which people dream and have high levels of brain activity. Except for breathing and movement of the eyes, fingers and toes, muscles are paralyzed during normal REM sleep.

People with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) tend to speak, shout and move vigorously or violently during REM sleep. These episodes of movements may result in injury to you or a bed partner. If a person with RBD wakes up during one of these episodes, the specifics of their movements typically correspond to violent events that took place during their dream.

People with RBD are at an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease. Speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about your risk.

RBD Diagnosis

Your sleep medicine doctor may be able to diagnose the condition based solely on your symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder. In other cases, we may recommend that you undergo a sleep study to help diagnose RBD.

RBD Treatment

Your doctor may prescribe medications to deepen your sleep and/or suppress your REM stage sleep. These can help you manage symptoms related to RBD.

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