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Parkinson’s Disease and Acting Out Your Dreams

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

Ask the MD. Courtesy of the Micheal J Foxx Foundation

We all dream when we sleep. Some don’t remember dreams. Others clearly recall what they did, how they felt, and who else was there. Still others unintentionally act out their dreams. They yell, kick or punch as they imagine catching a touchdown pass, running from a wild animal, or fending off an enemy.

Acting out dreams is called REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). This sleep condition can be part of Parkinson’s disease (PD). For some, it’s the earliest sign of disease, happening years or decades before diagnosis. For others, it happens years into life with PD.


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