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REM Sleep Disorder

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What is REM Sleep Disorder? Definition
What is REM Sleep Disorder? The Definition of REM Sleep Disorder: This Sleep Disorder is also known as sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in which the paralysis that normally occurs during REM sleep is incomplete or absent. This allows the person to "act out" dreams that are vivid, intense, and violent and accompanied by yelling, punching, kicking, sitting, jumping from bed, arm flailing and grabbing.

What is REM Sleep and Non REM (NREM) Sleep? Definition
REM sleep, also known as "dream sleep," is characterized by rapid eye movements, mild involuntary muscle jerks and more irregular breathing and heart rate compared to NREM. Non Rem aka NREM, non-rapid eye movement in sleep. Rapid eye movement (REM) is not included. REM sleep is most associated with dreaming but dreams can also occur during all stages of Non-REM sleeping.

Alternative Names for REM Sleep Disorder?
Other names or references to REM Sleep Disorder include:

  • REM behavior disorder (RBD)

REM Sleep Disorder Symptoms
What are the symptoms of REM Sleep Disorder? What are the effects? The symptoms of REM Disorder include the following:

  • Acting out violent, vivid dreams
  • Violent behaviors such as hitting, yelling, punching, kicking, or thrashing about in or out of the bed
  • Waking from sleep with injuries such as bruises, bumps and cuts
  • Speech or sounds during sleep
  • Sleepiness during the daytime
  • Temporary muscle paralysis

REM Sleep Disorder Causes
What are the causes of REM Sleep Disorder? The causes of REM Disorder may include the following:

  • Degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson disease
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mental disorders
  • Reactions to drugs and alcohol

Care for sufferers of REM Sleep Disorder
The following precautions and care should be implemented to reduce problems caused by sleepwalking:

  • Remove any items from the bedroom that could be dangerous or harmful - ensure window locks in place
  • Develop a calm and soothing bedtime routine
  • Avoid stressful  situations
  • Meditatation and Relaxation exercises
  • Plenty of rest

REM Sleep Disorder Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure or medication for REM Sleep Disorder? The following info is not a substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, but serves as a useful guide to help focus future discussions. The REM Sleep Disorder Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • Polysomnography (PSG) - sleep recording test
  • Medications include Clonazepam (Klonopin) and tricyclic antidepressants

The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as REM Sleep Disorder is to act as a reference guide to provide useful information regarding sleeping problems. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat REM Sleep Disorder or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

Facts about REM Sleeping Disorder
Some interesting facts about sleeping are as follows:

  • Fact 1: REM stands for "rapid eye movement" because our eyes can be seen to move under our eyelids

  • Fact 2: During REM sleeping we are almost totally paralysed. Only the diaphragm and muscles of the intestines, heart, blood and eyes are not affected by this paralysis

  • Fact 3:  REM is a very deep kind of sleeping and we are usually difficult to wake

  • Fact 4: REM sleeping starts about 90 minutes after we fall asleep

  • Fact 5: REM sleeping occurs in bursts throughout the night, adding up to about 2 hours of REM per night in total

  • Fact 6: 12% of people only dream in black and white

  • Fact 7: Sleeping may be disturbed during the night but the mind interprets the disturbance and makes it a part of a dream in order to ensure continued sleep but the dreamer will awaken when danger threatens or the dream causes shock

This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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