Several lifestyle modifications are highly recommended for people with narcolepsy in order to help cope with symptoms: Consistent sleeping schedule A regular sleeping schedule should be maintained to control the circadian rhythm. By having a scheduled time to sleep and wake up, it helps to sync the body to natural sleep-wake cycles that will lead [...]
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To date, there is no cure for narcolepsy. However, there are medications that can help to alleviate the symptoms. There are three general types of drugs used for treating the symptoms of narcolepsy: 1. Amphetamine-like Stimulants This type of drug stimulates the central nervous system. It is used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness and reduce [...]
Narcolepsy diagnosis is based on symptoms, physical examination and sleep records. Since the major symptoms are non-specific to narcolepsy, several specialized tests such as polysomnograms and multiple sleep latency tests are required to confirm the diagnosis of narcolepsy. Genetic testing of the HLA-DQB1 allele can also be helpful in the clinical diagnosis of narcolepsy. Polysomnogram [...]
The signs and symptoms of narcolepsy usually appear during childhood or adolescence. Early onset narcolepsy can lead to impaired social, psychological and cognitive development if left untreated. The normal sleep-wake cycle is disrupted in people with narcolepsy and is associated with disturbances from REM sleep. The major symptoms of narcolepsy are excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, [...]
The exact cause of narcolepsy is not yet known, but certain genetic and environmental factors are risk factors of this neurological sleeping disorder. Heredity Although most cases of narcolepsy occur in individuals with no known family history of the disorder, there is still a strong genetic basis. The family members of people with narcolepsy have [...]
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by sudden overpowering attacks of sleep episodes throughout the day. People with narcolepsy experience extreme daytime sleepiness, and can suddenly fall asleep any time regardless of time and place. Narcolepsy can lead to serious disturbances in daily activities, such as reluctantly falling asleep at work, while talking, eating [...]