What do your dreams have to do with your likelihood of developing Parkinson’s Disease?
A new study from Denmark’s Center for Healthy Aging and the Danish Center for Sleep Medicine, among other places, suggests that people likely to develop Parkinson’s might first show signs in their sleep pattern.Researchers found that one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s may be a REM sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.
With REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, individuals tend to act out their dreams. The dreams are usually unpleasant, and the person will kick, scream, punch, or grab.
The active dreaming can appear up to eight years before other symptoms of Parkinson’s. If researchers are able to find enough evidence to support this link, they can help patients identify the disease before it becomes too severe.