Lashing out in dreams? It may be sleep disorder

Study to look into this condition which could be early sign of neuro-degenerative disorder

Retiree Cheung Kau's dreams at night often involve intense - and even violent - movements, a far cry from his cordial and pleasant demeanour in the day.
Retiree Cheung Kau's dreams at night often involve intense - and even violent - movements, a far cry from his cordial and pleasant demeanour in the day.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Retiree Cheung Kau once dreamt that he was playing football - and ended up kicking his wife while asleep. Another dream had the 75-year-old jumping over a drain to escape some thugs - only to fall off the bed with a thud.

His dreams at night often involve intense - and even violent - movements, a far cry from his cordial and pleasant demeanour in the day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'Lashing out in dreams? It may be sleep disorder'. Subscribe