Sleep Disorder May Predict Future Parkinson's, Alzheimer's

the MPR take:

A study published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences provides evidence that REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) may predict future development of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Patients with RBD often times injure themselves or the people with whom they share a bed since their muscles are not paralyzed during sleep and they are free to act out their dreams. The most concerning part is that in 80% of cases, RBD precedes the development of diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and other synucleinopathies. Clonazepam is the usual treatment for RBD, but patients diagnosed with this sleep disorder should have a full workup to rule out other brain disorders.

Sleep Disorder May Predict Future Parkinson's, Alzheimer's
Sleep Disorder May Predict Future Parkinson's, Alzheimer's

A little-known sleep disorder that causes you to act out your dreams can predict the future onset of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, or another brain disease, new research shows. If you have REMBD, you might find yourself grabbing or punching your sleeping companion (to the point of hurting them), or ...

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