Smoking & head injury among factors linked to rare sleep disorder

New research shows that smoking, head injury and pesticide exposure are risk factors for a rare sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams, occasionally causing bodily harm. The disorder, known as Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior, often is a precursor to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and dementia.

The disorder is estimated to occur in only 0.5% of adults, but studies have shown that more than 50% of people with the disorder develop a neurodegenerative disease.

Today just might be the best day to start seriously thinking about quitting smoking.

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