National Sleep Foundation

Chapter 6: Parasomnias

Prevalence of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD)

RBD is rare and occurs in less than 1 percent (.05%) of individuals. Although the disorder is most common in individuals over the age of 50, it may begin at any age1.


  1. Olsen E, Boeve B, Silber M. Rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder: demographic, clinical and laboratory findings in 93 cases. Brain. 2000;123:331-339.