Treatment of rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder complicated by sleep apnea syndrome
Article first published online: 10 JUN 2003
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 125–126, June 2003
How to Cite
TSUCHIYA, S., TSUCHIYA, K., TSUCHIYA, K. and UCHIMURA, N. (2003), Treatment of rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder complicated by sleep apnea syndrome. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 1: 125–126. doi: 10.1046/j.1446-9235.2003.00019.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 10 JUN 2003
- Accepted for publication 23 January 2003.
- obstructive sleep apnea–hypopnea syndrome;
- rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder
We report a case of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) complicated by obstructive sleep apnea–hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). The patient was admitted to our clinic complaining of apnea and snoring during sleep. Questioning revealed an abnormal behavior and talking during sleep. A daytime polysomnography (D-PSG) confirmed both RBD and OSAHS. We tried clonazepam (CZP) even though the sedating side-effect might worsen OSAHS. Soon after starting treatment, all abnormal behaviors and subjective symptoms disappeared and oxygen saturation during sleep also improved.