WHAT IS REM BEHAVIOUR DISORDER?
Each night, we spend 15-20% of our sleep time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. REM sleep is also known as “dreaming sleep” because during this period we have many of our vivid and story-like dreams.
Normally in REM sleep, our voluntary muscles become paralysed so that we don’t act out our dreams. In some individuals, this paralysis does not occur and as a consequence they act out their dreams. This abnormal behaviour during sleep includes diving off the bed or kicking and punching their bed partner. This can be a frightening and disturbing experience which can result in injury. This condition is called REM Behaviour Disorder (RBD).
WHAT RESEARCH ARE WE DOING IN THIS FIELD?
Our research team are currently conducting clinical trials in patients with RBD. One study is focused on individuals with RBD alone, and another in those with RBD and Parkinson’s disease. Our aim is to improve the symptoms of RBD (the acting out of dreams) by using tablet form of a naturally occurring sleep hormone called Melatonin. Melatonin has been prescribed regularly by doctors for patients with RBD. This study would be the first large-scale clinical trial conducted in RBD to assess the effectiveness of Melatonin over the longer term. If successful, this approach will help a large number of the public suffering from RBD, improving quality of life and sleep.
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WE CAN HELP YOU
Get your REM behaviour disorder treated by the best at the Woolcock Clinic, a world-leading medical centre specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep and breathing disorders. Our dedicated clinicians are at the forefront of international sleep and respiratory research, ensuring our patients get access to the very latest approaches in care.
Our inter-disciplinary approach allows patients to be treated under one roof at our state-of the art facility in Glebe, Sydney.
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