After a comprehensive workup most of these patients were diagnosed with non-REM parasomnia or REM behavior disorder
Washington, June 10 ( ANI ): The sleep disorder in particular, called REM behavior disorder, could be a sign of impending neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson's and dementia, scientists have claimed.
Presenting their research at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's 2014 Annual Meeting, researchers are not sure why spontaneous and unexplained disturbance in REM sleep should lead to a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson's, but new longitudinal imaging data show a clear correlation between idiopathic REM behavior disorder and dysfunction of the dopamine transporter system involved in a wide range of vital brain functions, including memory and motor control.
Other patients suffer from REM behavior disorder
, in which they physically act out their dreams.
Relationship between REM Behavior Disorder
and Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease
The first volume, containing 11 chapters, deals with neurophysiological research into REM (rapid eye movement) stage dreams and non-REM dreams and includes chapters surveying the history of neurophysiological research into dreams, cellular and molecular models, drug effects, neuroimaging, dream characteristics and the frontal lobe, the interaction of dream content with REM Behavior Disorder
, physiologies and dream characteristics of REM and non-REM sleep states, and changes in dream recall and content associated with neurological disorders.
Clinicians should be alert for primary sleep disorders besides insomnia, such as sleep apnea, movement disorders of sleep, and REM behavior disorder
That's when he was diagnosed with REM behavior disorder
This also begs the question, does REM behavior disorder
exist in the animal kingdom?
For years Birbiglia has had REM Behavior Disorder
, which essentially causes him to act out his dreams.
Moreover, the first manifestation of Parkinson's disease may be REM behavior disorder
Further on in this journal we read a case history of a woman with REM Behavior Disorder
whose marriage was imperiled by her symptoms leading to her attempted suicide.