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Anxiety associated with kicks, screams during sleep: a study


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New York: Taking antidepressants or post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety are risk factors for a destructive, and sometimes violent, sleep disorder, called sleep behavior disorder with fast eye movements (REM), the study says.

FAST sleep is a sleepy sleep state. A person can act harshly, shouting, waving his arms, striking his fists or legs, even harming himself or his sleeping partner. During normal REM sleep, your brain sends signals to prevent your muscles from moving. However, for people with REM sleep disorders, these signals are impaired.

“Although much is still unknown about sleep disorder, it can be caused by medication or may be an early sign of another neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, Levi’s dementia or multiple systemic atrophy,” said Ronald Postum’s Ronald author. Postuma McGill University in Canada.

For the study, researchers studied 30,097 people with an average age of 63 years. They identified 958 people, or 3.2%, with a possible REM sleep disorder, after excluding participants with Parkinson's disease, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or sleep apnea.

In addition, the results, published in the journal Neurology, showed that 13 percent of people with the disorder take antidepressants to treat depression, compared with 6 percent without the disorder.

The results showed that people with this disorder also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder two and a half times more often and have mental illness twice as often.

Other results were that men were twice as likely to have a sleep disorder during sleep.

People with possible behavioral sleep disorders were 25 percent more likely to have moderate to severe alcohol than people without the disorder.

“We hope that our results will help lead further research, especially because behavioral disorder during sleep is such a strong sign of a future neurodegenerative disease,” said Postuma.

According to experts, identifying lifestyle and risk factors associated with this sleep disorder can lead to a search for ways to reduce its likelihood.

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