narcolepsy

What Is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects one’s ability to wake and sleep. Medical experts state that people with narcolepsy lack a brain chemical called orexin, a protein that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Narcolepsy is often characterized by unexpected onsets of sleep during normal waking periods. It can develop at any age, but it is most prevalent in the age groups between 18 to 40. During the narcoleptic episode, a person may not be able to control their muscles or move during the attack there might experience paralysis. On average, the narcoleptic episode may last from 2 to 15 minutes. Narcolepsy is often characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness.

How Do I Know I Have Narcolepsy?

The symptoms of narcolepsy can lead to loss of life if care is not taken especially when an accident is involved. People with narcolepsy are four times more likely to be involved in car accidents as some might fall asleep while driving or working. The following are the common symptoms of narcolepsy;

  1. Excessive sleeping during the day
  2. Hallucination while sleeping
  3. To fall asleep unaware especially when you are doing something.
  4. Inability to move or while asleep
  5. Rapid eye movement dreaming during wakefulness
  6. Sudden and temporary loss of muscle tone

Can Narcolepsy Be Cured?

The truth is there is no known cure for narcolepsy. Various treatments can help to manage this sleeping disorder so individuals can enjoy their lives to the fullest

  1. Medication: Various medications can be used to manage narcolepsy depending on the seriousness of the narcolepsy. It is advisable to consult qualified medical practitioners specifically in the area of narcolepsy to get advice on the type of medication that suits you.
  2. Avoid eating a heavy meal before going to bed. Embrace light food such as vegetables and fruits as dinner.
  3. Sticking to a regular sleeping time will help reduce the possibility of narcolepsy.
  4. Do not use nicotine, alcohol, or other hard drug substances as they can contribute to and worsen narcolepsy sleeping disorder.
  5. It is advisable to exercise regularly. This will help you to rest better at night and keep you active during the day.

People with narcolepsy might feel withdrawn in society based on various stigmas they might experience. This is why they must be given proper mental support to boost their morale.

If a sleeping disorder is getting in the way of living your best life, do not hesitate to seek further evaluation and treatment.  Well Coast Medical has mental health specialists that are ready to help! We offer sleeping disorder therapies and sleeping disorder treatments, so call us at (833) 931-1716 to learn more when you are ready to get a great nights sleep.

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