With REM sleep behavior disorder, instead of experiencing the normal temporary paralysis of your arms and legs (atonia) during REM sleep, you physically act out your dreams.

Symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder may include:

  • Movement, such as kicking, punching, arm flailing or jumping from bed in response to the content of action-filled or violent dreams, such as being chased or defending yourself from an attack
  • Noises, such as talking, laughing, shouting, emotional outcries or even profanity
  • Being able to recall the dream if you are woken up during the episode
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