REM sleep behavior disorder

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Dagger
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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband has on occasion punched me, kicked me, pushed me and other fun stuff in his sleep.  He has yelled at the top of his lungs, ran in place, made a phone call. all in bed, in his sleep.  He does this while he is having vivid dreams.  It doesn't happen every night but it happens often enough to concern me.
 
Imagine my surprise when I read a story in Discover magazine last night that completely explains his sleep disorder!  There is only one sleep disorder that occurs during REM (dreaming) sleep and it describes him to a T.
 
The scary part is that it's linked to neurological disorders so now he'll need a workup.
 
At least we have an answer.

Leeriesan
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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow I've never heard of anything like that before.

Answers are always a comfort to have, even though they may be a little scary...
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
In response to Leeriesan's signature: (((((((((((((((((BIG HUG)))))))))))))))))))

I can't imagine being on that many medications, though I suppose the chocolate would help. :P
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CathyA
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   Posted 11/5/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend like that. Night time is very scary for her. She can hallucinate, and finds herself outside sometimes in the middle of the night. she doesn't want to get treatment though.
I've read that our brains put out a muscle paralyzer when we dream, so that we don't physically interact with the dreams. When you're missing that paralysis-type brain chemical, you respond to your dreams. Good luck to your husband.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
CathyA,

I didn't realize that our brains put out muscle paralyzer when we dream. Just imagine if it didn't. Nobody would get any rest would they? Thanks for the info.

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Dagger
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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
CathyA,
Does your friend have an actual diagnosis? In order for it to be REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), the movement has to occur during REM sleep. The "victim" should remember dreaming if they are woken up during an episode.

RBD can usually be successfully treated with Klonopin taken before bedtime. My husband can't take Klonopin due to his job so I've been researching alternative treatments. We found out that melatonin has been used to treat it with a lot of success.

Since he doesn't have problems every night, it will take a while to see if it works.
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