Understanding Narcolepsy


Understanding Narcolepsy

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic, neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. It causes fragmented night sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. A person with narcolepsy may fall asleep at any time, for example, while talking or driving.

This is a lifelong sleep disorder that is dangerous because it may attack any time of the day whatever thing you are doing. Most cases of narcolepsy are sporadic, which means they occur in people with no history of the disorder in their family. A small percentage of all cases have been reported to run in families; however, the condition does not have a clear pattern of inheritance.

What are the symptoms of Narcolepsy?

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness is the primary cause of narcolepsy.
  • Hallucinations. Some patients with narcolepsy have vivid hallucinations; an experience involving the apparent perception of something not present.
  • Sleep paralysis that during waking up or falling asleep, a person is aware but unable to move or speak.
  • Disturbed nighttime sleep means you often fall asleep quickly but wake up frequently throughout the night.
  • Memory problems commonly result in confusion on what is real or not memory is also affected.
  • Sudden loss in muscle tone or episodes of muscle weakness known as catalepsy.

When you add up the hours of total sleep time, people with narcolepsy don’t necessarily sleep any more there are some sleeping disorders that commonly mistaken as narcolepsy one of those is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a different thing we suggest you consult your doctor to have a proper diagnosis and treatment for your sleep disorder.




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