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REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Has Been Scaring Me and I Feel Alone

by Holly
(Flint, Michigan, USA)

I had no idea that this sort if disorder even existed. Most recently (within the past year) I have noticed it getting worse. When I was younger (around 14 or 15) I would wake up punching the bed or couch, flailing violently, or screaming in my sleep, but can never fully wake up. I remember it happening when I wake up and it messes with my head all day or days on end.

About 2 years ago I was sleeping with my husband and vaguely remember waking up to him shouting in pain asking what I was doing and I was in fact biting extremely hard on his back/shoulder. It freaked me out and I left welts.

We had our son Oliver in Dec 2013 & he is now 4 months old. I co-sleep with him and my husband in our bed and never had much of any issues until about a month ago I was having a bad dream about spiders and was flailing in my sleep and head but my son and didn't realize the extent until I woke up and seen a slight bruise on his eyebrow. I cried for hours.

Just last night I barely remember my dream and hardly remember waking up to his crying. I realized I bit him on the forehead but couldn't bring myself to fully wake up. However when I woke up this morning I realized what I had done because of the large red mark on his forehead.

I looked into it and found that this is my problem. I don't know what to do and am scared for the safety of my baby, husband and myself. I feel so awful and can't let it go. I can't stop crying and need help. I am sharing my story hoping I'm not alone and that I can get some help. I plan to see a doctor for help but don't know if anyone has tried anything to help at home. Thank you for reading this. Im glad I can put a name to what I'm going through.

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