Delirium may be early signs of dementia in the elderly


dementia in the elderlyMiddle-aged men who are delirious during sleep have five times higher risk of developing dementia.

Moving, walking, talking or hitting during sleep is the strongest indicator that shows the development of dementia in middle-aged men. The condition, known as rapid eye movement (REM) is one of the sleep behavior disorder. And middle-aged men who experienced while asleep have five times greater risk of developing dementia in old age.

As reported by the Daily Mail (21/3), researchers from the Mayo Clinic in the United States, found that men with the condition are five times more likely to develop dementia than those who display symptoms such as hallucinations.

REM sleep is the phase of sleep characterized by rapid eye movements and a stage where dreams occur, while REM sleep behavior disorder is the name given to the condition that causes parasomnia in which muscle atonia allows individuals to act out their dreams.

Dementia affects both men and women which generally occurs at the age of 65-an.

Read: Early Signs of Dementia.