REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

Sleep Disorders

REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

Having trouble with unusual behaviours during sleep? REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) can disrupt your nightly routine, leading to potentially harmful actions and disturbed sleep. Do you experience:

If you’re struggling with these symptoms, know that help is available. We’re here to provide support and guidance to help you manage REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder and improve your sleep quality.

REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

What is REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder?

REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) can be incredibly distressing for those experiencing it. It’s characterised by acting out vivid and often violent dreams during REM sleep, leading to potentially harmful behaviours and disturbed sleep. This persistent disruption can leave individuals feeling frustrated, exhausted, and anxious about their inability to rest peacefully. If you’re struggling with REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder, know that you’re not alone, and seeking support is a crucial step towards finding relief and improving your overall well-being.

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Symptoms of REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

Experiencing symptoms of REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) can be incredibly challenging and disruptive to your daily life. You may notice:

  • Acting out vivid and often violent dreams during REM sleep
  • Physical movements or vocalisations during sleep
  • Disturbed sleep patterns, with frequent awakenings throughout the night
  • Feeling fatigued or unrested upon waking
  • Daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty concentrating
  • Increased worry or anxiety about the safety of yourself or your sleeping partner

 

These symptoms can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, impacting your mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life.

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Causes of REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder

REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) can arise from various factors, often intertwining to disrupt your sleep patterns.

Neurological conditions

RBD is commonly associated with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, and Lewy body dementia, which affect the brain's control over muscle movements during sleep.

Medication side effects

Certain medications, particularly those affecting neurotransmitters in the brain, may trigger or exacerbate RBD symptoms.

Genetic predisposition

There may be a genetic component to RBD, with some individuals having a higher likelihood of developing the disorder if they have a family history of it.

Other factors

Traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, and other underlying health conditions may also contribute to the development of RBD symptoms.

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Do You Need To Get Help For REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder?

If you or your sleep partner are experiencing concerns about the safety risks linked with REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD), such as the potential for injury during sleep or disturbances to sleep partners, seeking professional evaluation is important. 

If you find yourself grappling with persistent sleep difficulties that are impacting your daily life and well-being, seeking help can offer invaluable support and guidance. This becomes especially important when self-help strategies don’t provide relief, and worries about sleepless nights begin to consume your thoughts. 

Remember, reaching out for assistance is not a sign of weakness but a step toward improving your sleep and overall health.

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REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our goal is to enhance your sleep quality, improve your daytime functioning, and foster your overall well-being. We aim to address any underlying factors contributing to your sleep disturbances, including other medical conditions, while helping you establish healthy sleep habits and reduce reliance on medications.

Medication

In some cases, prescription medications may be prescribed to help control REM sleep behaviour episodes and reduce the risk of injury. These medications may include clonazepam or other drugs that suppress REM sleep.

Medication

In some cases, prescription medications may be prescribed to help control REM sleep behaviour episodes and reduce the risk of injury. These medications may include clonazepam or other drugs that suppress REM sleep.

Safe Sleep Environment Measures

Creating a safe sleep environment involves removing any potential hazards from the bedroom, such as sharp objects or hard furniture, and ensuring that the bed is positioned away from walls or other obstacles.

Safe Sleep Environment Measures

Creating a safe sleep environment involves removing any potential hazards from the bedroom, such as sharp objects or hard furniture, and ensuring that the bed is positioned away from walls or other obstacles.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll lead you through medical assessments, including a sleep study in some cases, and delve into your medical and personal background during a relaxed conversation with Dr. Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll centre our discussions on exploring lifestyle influences, engaging in therapeutic dialogues, and considering any required medications to aid you on your path to better sleep.

Sleep Specialist & Psychiatrist

Dr SH Wong: Sleep Specialist for REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder Treatment in Singapore

Dr. Sheau Hwa Wong, a seasoned sleep specialist with over two decades of expertise, brings a compassionate approach to treating sleep disorders. Recognised for his empathetic demeanour, Dr. Wong is committed to providing holistic psychiatric care, tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Through his unwavering dedication, he empowers individuals to overcome sleep challenges and achieve a restful and fulfilling life.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

Before beginning treatment, you may be recommended tests or assessments, such as a sleep study, to better understand the nature and severity of your REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder.

Medications used to treat REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder may have potential side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, or changes in mood or behaviour. It's important to discuss any concerns or questions about medication with your healthcare provider.

The timeline for improvement in sleep patterns after starting treatment can vary among individuals. While some may notice changes relatively quickly, others may require more time for significant improvement. Consistency with treatment and patience are key as your healthcare provider monitors your progress and adjusts your treatment plan as needed.

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