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Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a relatively uncommon sleep disorder that involves the body's central nervous system and is characterized by attacks of sleep. Narcolepsy affects about 1 in 2,000 people, both men and women of any age. A person with narcolepsy is likely to fall asleep at inappropriate times and places. Daytime sleep attacks may occur with or without warning and can occur repeatedly in a single day. Nighttime sleep may be fragmented with frequent arousals. While there is not yet a cure, recent technology and pharmacology has allowed those with this sleep disorder to live normal lives.

The Symptoms include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Sudden loss of muscle control (Cataplexy)
  • Low concentration
  • Vivid dream-like experiences while dozing or falling sleep or waking up (Hypnagogic Hallucinations)
  • Temporary inability to talk or move when falling asleep or waking up (Sleep Paralysis)
  • Occupational/school problems

Treatments are:

  • Medication including stimulants and anti-depressants.
  • Changes in behavior to encourage good night time sleep.
  • Scheduling short naps (10 to 15 minutes) two to three times per day to help control excessive daytime sleepiness.

For more information or to schedule the sleep study, please call the toll free number 1-866-SLEEP40 (1-866-753-3740).


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