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Today on Dr. Oz April 19th

Dr Oz Sleep Disorders


Dr Oz Sleep Disorders; REM Behavior Disorder; Sexsomnia; Kleine-Levin Syndrome or KLS Sleeping Beauty Syndrome; 5 Life Saving Tests Every Woman Needs To Take.
Asleep for months at a time? Sexomnia? Dr. Oz explores bizarre sleep disorders, Sleep Nightmares, sleep disturbances, Violent outbursts, Sleep Sex - Dr. Oz investigates the dangers of The 3 Disastrous Sleep Disorders.


Dr Oz Bizarre Sleep Disorder REM Behavior Disorder


Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is a sleep disorder (more specifically a parasomnia) that involves abnormal behavior during the sleep phase with rapid eye movement (REM sleep). RBD is characterized by the dreamer acting out his or her dreams.

The symptoms of REM Behavior Disorder are recognized by the dreamers dreams are usually usually negative ones which involve kicking, screaming, punching, grabbing, and even jumping out of bed. When awakened, one can usually recall the dream they were having which will match the actions they were performing, but they will not be aware that they were moving. Episodes occur more towards the morning hours because that is when REM sleep is more frequent. People with RBD experience episodes at least once a week, sometimes more and each episode can result in injuries to oneself or one's bed partner.

During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the brain shuts down certain signals: The sleeper's muscles are paralyzed and the brain goes into dreamland. In people with REM behavior disorder, muscles become activated and dreams breakthrough causing the afflicted to swear, scream, thrash and punch as they try to mimic what they are experiencing in their dreams.. Anyone in his or her wake is a potential victim.

It is more common in men over 60, although it can occur at any time of life. Studies have shown that many people with REM behavior disorder develop Parkinson’s disease or other form of dementia years later.

Rapid eye movement behavior disorder can be caused by adverse reactions to certain drugs or else during drug withdrawal.

Dr Breus says RBD is treatable. Various medications are prescribed for RBD based on varying symptoms. Low doses of clonazepam is most effective with a 90% success rate. Melatonin is also effective, For those with Parkinson's and RBD, Levodopa is a popular choice. Pramipexole is another drug which can be an effective treatment option.

Bob and his wife joined Dr Oz and Dr Breus to explain his bouts with REM Behavior Disorder. His wife described her marriage to Bob and like living with Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The bedroom became a war zone at night, and they can no longer sleep together.

Bob has dreams of animals attacking him, it began with the first dream which was a duck attacking him, which he brushed off. In his dreams he is defending himself and literally acting out the dreams and punching his pillow, punching his wife, kicking and bruising her. He has had strange dreams such a chicken in the car, about fish and all the while he is punching her and she is trying to wake him up.


Dr Oz Sexsomnia


Sleep sex or sexsomnia("banditing") - performing sexual motions, causes people to engage in sexual acts such as masturbation, fondling, thrusting, orgasm, sexual intercourse and sexual assault or rape while they are asleep. The recipient is not always their intimate partner. Anyone in the house, or in close proximity, even children, can be victimized.

Sexsomnia Warning Signs


Dr Breus says Sexsomnia is a scenario where people actually have intercourse or other sexual behaviour while completely asleep. They have almost no recollection of it, and of course their bed partners become keenly aware of the situation and sometimes can actually become quite violent.

Sleep sex is not always harmless. There have been reports of men injuring themselves during sadistic masturbation acts or humping metal or brick walls.

Sexsomnia is not only a disorder of males but also affects females. Isolated reports also exist about women who have had sex with strangers during the sleep period. The only way this entity was discovered was the detection of used condoms and semen stains on the bed the morning after the sexual incident.

Clonazepam has been used as a first line of treatment for this condition.

The first doctor to coin the term "sleep sex" was Dr. David Saul Rosenfeld, a neurologist and sleep doctor from Los Angeles, California. In some cases, sufferers are aware of their behavior for a long time before they seek help, often because they lack information that it is a medical disorder or for fear that others will judge it as willful behavior rather than a medical condition.

However, the reality of sexsomnia has been confirmed by sleep disorder researchers who have made polygraphic and video recordings of patients with the condition while they are asleep and observed unusual brain wave activity during the episodes similar to that experienced in other NREM arousal parasomnias. It is a mind/body disconnect that occurs during sleep.

Dr Oz Kleine-Levin Syndrome


Kleine-Levin Syndrome or KLS (also known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome) is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleep and altered behavior. At the onset of an episode the patient becomes drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night (hypersomnolence), spend more then 12 hours at a time sleeping, waking only to eat or go to the bathroom. When awake, the patient’s whole demeanor is changed, often appearing “spacey” or childlike. They also experience confusion, disorientation, complete lack of energy (lethargy), and lack of emotions (apathy). Individuals are not able to attend school or work or care for themselves. Most are bedridden, tired, and uncommunicative even when awake.

The need for sleep is so intense that sufferers will drop anywhere to do it, even on the sidewalk. Episodes can last from days to weeks, and can last from months to years. Kleine-Levin Syndrome primarily affects teen boys and may be triggered by a bacterial or viral infection, fever, alcohol or marijuana use, trauma or sleep deprivation.

Ariel joined Dr Oz and Dr Michael Breus to discuss her Kleine-Levin Syndrome or KLS Disorder. Ariel was a teen when this disorder started to affect her life, and the longest she has slept was for 15 months. Her waking hours would be app. 6 hours a day, but she would be very disorientated. When she was teen she would sleep 23 out 24 hours a day. Ariel has not been affected by KLs for three and a half years now.

Kleine-Levin Syndrome Symptoms

Because hypersomnia is the primary symptom, many patients are initially treated for a sleeping disorder. Almost half of KLS patients also experience some sort of hypersexual behavior during the event, including promiscuity, excessive masturbation, inappropriate sexual advances, and other risqué, atypical behavior. Hypersexual behavior is more common in males than females, and is associated with a much longer disease course.

People with KLS can wake up spontaneously to go to the bathroom or eat, but often they need to be aroused to do it. When they are awake or prevented from sleeping they can become irritable, aggressive and confused. Strange eating behaviors and cravings are not unusual. They can have voracious appetites eating considerably more than usual and consume and crave copious amounts of sugar and syrupy foods.

During wakefulness they may experience an overwhelming need to masturbate, fondle or expose themselves and to make inappropriate sexual advances or shout obscenities.

In many cases, KLS disorder disappears as mysteriously as it appears; often when patients reach their twenties. Of the patients that have been studied, more than 90% will outgrow KLS symptoms and even those who have some degree of it left after ten years, it is usually much, much milder.

Dr Oz 5 Life Saving Medical Tests Every Woman Needs


Early detection is often the best prevention. Dr Oz says women need to be screened for certain serious, sometimes deadly, medical conditions. But do you know which common medical tests you should have this year? Here are the Dr Oz 5 tests you need to have right away.

Test 1: Oral Cancer - Oral cancer can be caused by chronic inflammation or transmittal of the HPV virus through oral sex. Look for abnormalities in the mouth, such as white patches and ulcers that don’t heal.
Test 2: Ankle-Brachial Index - The Ankle-Brachial Index test is used to detect peripheral arterial disease (hardening of the arteries). Risk factors include smoking, a family history of diabetes or heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The ABI uses a Doppler device to compare the strength of the pulse near the ankle to the strength of the pulse in upper arm near the heart. Both blood pressures should match. When ankle pressure is higher than the arm’s, it can signal plaque build-up in the legs.

Test 3: Depression - Untreated depression can lead to risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse that contribute to poor overall health. To find out if you might be at risk for this serious medical illness, ask yourself these questions:

Over the past few weeks, do you take pleasure in doing things?
Have you been feeling down or hopeless?

If you’ve experienced these feelings the majority of time there’s a 75% chance you have a depressive disorder and a 38% of having a major depressive disorder

Help detecting and treating depression, Dr. Oz Depression Warning Signs Know What To Look For

Test 4: Skin Cancer - Skin cancer is the #1 cancer in America. Early detection can increase your chance of survival by 600%.


Know how to recognize the ABCDE’s of Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer: Dr. Oz Skin Cancer The Deadly Cancer You Can Prevent

Test 5: Glaucoma - Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma can damage the eye’s optic nerve resulting in vision loss and blindness. It occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eye rises. The test for glaucoma is called Tonometry which involves measuring intraocular pressure after numbing the eyes with drops. To check for optic nerve damage, an opthalmoscope is used to look directly through the pupil to the back of the eye.