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
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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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.

If you are diagnosed with narcolepsy your doctor may prescribe you anti-depressants or stimulants to help you stay alert and awake throughout the day.  You should always consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication that may interact with your prescription, or worsen the symptoms of narcolepsy. 

Setting and following a strict sleep schedule can limit the possibility of sleep attacks throughout the day.  If possible, allow time for one or two 15 to 30 minute naps at some point in the day (preferably after meal time) to help keep energy up. People with narcolepsy should carefully monitor their diet.  Eating small, light meals throughout the day can help you avoid the sleepiness that accompanies finishing a large meal.  Avoiding things like caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes can also make sure that you have a normal sleep schedule. These things are stimulants and can affect the body's ability to stay awake or go to sleep. To avoid the potential dangers of a sleep attack, you can ask your doctor about using a medical arm band with an alarm that will alert you as soon as you fall asleep, or a medical bracelet that can contact the police or family members when a sleep attack occurs. 

Although there is no cure for narcolepsy, many easy steps can be taken to eliminate the dangerous and disruptive symptoms of this sleep disorder.  Counseling and support groups are available for people with narcolepsy, which can help people cope with the lifestyle and medical treatment involved in controlling narcolepsy. 

You can learn more facts about narcolepsy here.

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