My Health Blog Methodist Health Home
What Is Narcolepsy?
last updated:
Wed, 1/02/2013 1:13 PM

Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that causes a potentially disabling level of daytime sleepiness. This sleepiness may occur in the form of repeated and irresistible “sleep attacks.” In these episodes a person suddenly falls asleep in unusual situations, such as while eating, walking or driving. Narcolepsy affects less than one percent of men and women, typically appearing in teens and young adults and then persisting for a lifetime. 

Sleepiness in narcolepsy is not the result of inadequate sleep; people with narcolepsy still experience daytime sleepiness even when they sleep well at night. Sleepiness is more likely to occur in boring, monotonous situations that require no active participation (such as watching television). If not recognized and appropriately managed, narcolepsy can drastically and negatively affect the quality of a person’s life.

Symptoms of Narcolepsy

The main symptoms associated with narcolepsy are:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness - usually the first symptom to appear in people who have narcolepsy.
  • Cataplexy - a sudden loss of muscle tone, usually triggered by emotional stimuli such as laughter, surprise, or anger.
  • Hypnogogic hallucinations - during transition from wakefulness to sleep, the patient has bizarre, often frightening dream-like experiences that incorporate his or her real environment.
  • Sleep paralysis - a temporary inability to move during sleep-wake transitions. Sleep paralysis may last for a few seconds to several minutes and may accompany hypnagogic hallucinations.
  • Disturbed nocturnal sleep – waking up repeatedly throughout the night.
  • Leg jerks, nightmares, and restlessness.

Treatment 

Narcolepsy cannot be cured. Symptoms can usually be controlled or improved so that sufferers experience symptoms less frequently and lead fairly normal lives. Treatment plans have several aspects: medication, behavior treatment, and management of your environment.

If you believe you may have narcolepsy, inform your primary care physician or make an appointment for an evaluation with a Sleep Specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center. To find a physician in Memphis or Olive Branch that specializes in sleep disorders, please call 901.683.0044. 

Comments:

Swiss watch brand Alpina Replica Watches continues development of its watches with the arrival at the end of the year Fake Breitling watches 2013, the Alpina Extreme Diver 1000 orange. Timer imposing 44 mm steel housing Replica Rolex uk water resistant 300 meters that houses the automatic mechanical gauge that displays its black dial particularly legible.

Posted by Gast on April 19, 2014 at 03:05 AM CDT #

With that subject matter, the efforts will benefit both sides. I?ve been looking at forex currency markets distribution channels forex practice You won?t see this everywhere.I have to get foot loose. Don?t tempt fate. There is one area of broker currency forex trading that crowds often have trouble with best forex pairs

Posted by Alex on August 06, 2014 at 10:51 AM CDT #

Inside 1900's, adult men maintained exploring circumstances as well as bags mounted using hand-held manages. Considering that these folks were side maintained, the phrase rolex replica watches ended up being currently used by the idea. Sooner or later, these kind of encouraged fake louis vuitton for you to create this sort of luggage for females in addition. On the other hand, it turned out certainly not used to exchange your bags. Your ladies handbag ended up being additional pertaining to manner along with reality wherever several personalized content may be maintained. Pretty clasps along with inside storage compartments ended up combined with your cartier watches sale for females.

Posted by guanwei on August 21, 2014 at 01:28 AM CDT #

oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses

Posted by cmoutlet on August 30, 2014 at 01:42 AM CDT #

Post a Comment:
  • HTML Syntax: Allowed
  • *Required

Categories

Related Links

Subscribe

Subscribe  Subscribe via RSS

Share

Bookmark and Share

Contact Us Web Site Privacy Practices Patient Privacy Practices Disclaimer Newsroom

Methodist Healthcare is an integrated health care delivery system, dedicated to the art of healing through our faith-based commitment to minister to the whole person. 1211 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104 • (901) 516-7000

footer
>