Seek medical care if unusual behaviors, such as violent thrashing and kicking, occur during sleep.
Because persons with REM sleep behavior disorder have a risk of injuring themselves and their sleep partners, safety of the sleeping environment is very important.
Because REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) may occur in association with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson disease , multiple system atrophy, and dementia , consult a neurologist to rule out these conditions. RBD symptoms may be the first manifestations of these disorders, so careful follow-up is needed.
The outlook of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) depends on the cause. In persons with RBD in whom no cause can be identified, the symptoms can be controlled with
medications. In persons with RBD caused by neurological diseases, the outlook depends on the primary disease.
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