Published on September 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Many patients can be successfully treated with a class of medications called benzodiazepines. One such drug is clonazepam, which works by decreasing abnormal electrical activity in the brain. (Side effects may include daytime drowsiness and dependence.) Melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, also is being studied as a treatment.
Dr. Nasir recommends safe-proofing the bedroom. For example: Sleep on a mattress on the floor; clear the room of furniture and objects that could cause injury, such as glass lamps; and sleep alone, if necessary.
Not all dream enactments are caused by REM behavior disorder. In some people, alcohol or antidepressants can trigger dream enactments, Dr. Nasir said. A patient who acts out his or her dreams, or experiences other sleep disorders, should see a sleep specialist, Dr. Nasir said.
Source Loyola University Medical Center