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).

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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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