Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
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Narcolepsy is a Sleep Disorder which causes someone to be unnecessarily tired and have sudden sleep attacks during the day.  Narcolepsy will usually start to be seen between the ages of 15 and 25, but can become evident at anytime. People with narcolepsy should not drive or handle any heavy machinery unless they are on medication. The reason for this is that they may have a sleep attack and fall asleep.

What Is Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness during the day and uncontrollable sleep attacks. People suffering from narcolepsy experience extreme drowsiness every 3 to 4 hours during the day, which often results in a short nap or “sleep attack.” These sleep attacks can occur during any daily task, including driving or operating heavy machinery, so patients with narcolepsy are advised to avoid these activities unless they are on medication. 

Narcolepsy is a Sleep Disorder which causes someone to be unnecessarily tired and have sudden sleep attacks during the day.

What Causes Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological condition that is made worse by irregular sleep patterns or sleep disorders like insomnia. Narcoleptics have low levels of a chemical in the brain called hypocretin that promotes wakefulness. Narcolepsy is caused by a number of genetic, environmental and biological factors that interact to disrupt the sleep cycle.

Treating Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a lifelong condition that has no cure, but you and your doctor can work together to control the symptoms of narcolepsy and maintain a healthier sleep pattern.  Narcolepsy can be treated with certain medication as well as simple lifestyle and sleep adjustments. 



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