For those of you without a subscription to The Times online Dr Mark Porter published an article yesterday entitled "Parkinson’s disease starts much earlier than we thought" in which he cites recent research from the University of Toronto which found that people with a condition known as REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) were more likely to go on to develop Parkinson's or dementia.
"New research by a team from the University of Toronto has just confirmed a link between Parkinson’s disease and a tendency to act out vivid dreams — a condition known as REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). People with RBD tend to yell, sit up or even get out of bed and act out their dreams, disturbing their partners who may get kicked and punched in the process.
In a healthy brain, the nerve signals to muscles are normally switched off during the dreaming REM phase of sleep, effectively paralysing us. The loss of this normal inhibition in people with RBD is thought to be an early sign of brain deterioration, and the researchers from Toronto estimate that more than three-quarters of them will go on to develop neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or dementia."
Here's the link to the article - sleephealthfoundation.org.a...
Having experienced some RBD episodes myself in the past I was interested if anyone else had experienced this ?
I'm not convinced that this is useful as an early diagnosis tool but you never know...