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REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Because persons with REM sleep behavior disorder have a risk of injuring themselves and their sleep partners, safety of the sleeping environment is very important.

  • Remove potentially dangerous objects from the bedroom.
  • Clear the floor of furniture and objects that could injure the person ifhe or shefell from bed.
  • Place the mattress on the floor, or place a cushion around the bed.
  • Have the person sleep in a bedroom on the ground floor if possible, especially for people who leave the bed during an episode.
  • The bedmate should sleep in another bed until the symptoms resolve.
  • A bed with padded bedrails can be considered.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2014
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