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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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 usually emerges between the ages of 15 and 25, but can become evident at any time.  Medication is available to help people fight the symptoms of this sleep disorder.  Common symptoms of narcolepsy are feeling weak, slurred speech, collapsing, hallucinations, sleep paralysis, drowsiness, and sleep attacks. Narcoleptics may also experience cataplexy, which is a sudden loss of muscle control that makes you unable to move.  Cataplexy can be triggered by strong emotions such as anger or laughter, and usually only lasts for about 30 seconds. Narcolepsy can be very dangerous when left untreated, so if you have experienced these symptoms and believe you are suffering from narcolepsy contact a doctor or sleep specialist as soon as possible.  With the help of medication, sleep attacks and daytime drowsiness can be controlled.  Narcolepsy often affects people that have other sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome so consulting with a specialized doctor is highly recommended. 

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