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Understanding the Symptoms of Narcolepsy
Understanding the Symptoms of Narcolepsy
Understanding the Symptoms of Narcolepsy
Understanding the Symptoms of Narcolepsy
Understanding the Symptoms of Narcolepsy
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Understanding the Symptoms of Narcolepsy


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Symptoms of narcolepsy - Narcoleptics experience sudden, involuntary bouts of sleep. This urge to fall asleep can be so great that narcoleptics can't help but to fall asleep unexpectedly no matter …

Symptoms of narcolepsy - Narcoleptics experience sudden, involuntary bouts of sleep. This urge to fall asleep can be so great that narcoleptics can't help but to fall asleep unexpectedly no matter what they may happen to be doing at the time.

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  • 1. Understanding the Symptoms Of Narcolepsy Before we get into the symptoms of narcolepsy, make sure you understand what narcolepsy is. If youve heard anything at all about narcolepsy, its probably that it involves someone falling asleep at inopportune times. While this is true, the severity of this sleeping disorder goes well beyond simply falling asleep when you shouldnt.Here then, is a list of the common symptoms of narcolepsy.Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)One symptoms of narcolepsy is when narcoleptics experience sudden,involuntary bouts of sleep. This urge to fall asleep can be so great thatnarcoleptics cant help but to fall asleep unexpectedly no matter what theymay happen to be doing at the time. Whether they are chatting withsomeone, eating dinner or playing a game, they will suddenly succumb tothe urge to sleep. This may last anywhere from seconds to minutes. Ofcourse, where this gets dangerous is where the narcoleptic is in the middleof operating heavy machinery, like a car. In addition to the problems
  • 2. caused by actually falling asleep, they will have other issues that areassociated with EDS such as suffering from a lack of energy or totalexhaustion, being depressed or a cloudy head. After these sudden sleepingbouts, they tend to wake up feeling more refreshed and find that theirfatigues has subsides for another hour or two.Micro SleepSomewhat of a byproduct ofExcessive Daytime Sleepiness,micro sleeps are when yourbrain is telling you that youreally need to sleep but societyis telling you that you cant atthat moment. Granted,narcoleptics will fall asleepanywhere if they urge is strongenough, but with micro sleeps,however, only part of their braingoes to sleep. Its similar to yourbody going on autopilot and your brain taking a break for a bit. Youre stillfunctioning but kind of "zoned out". This symptom of narcolepsy is similarto sleepwalking.HallucinationsVivid image-rich dreams and hallucinations are another symptom ofnarcolepsy. These usually happen during the onset of sleep or immediatelyupon waking. While these are usually not considered dangerous, thesehallucinations can be very scary and may cause the patient to fear going tosleep.
  • 3. Sleep ParalysisSleep paralysis ,or the inability to move while sleeping, is a symptom ofnarcolepsy that can be hard to detect by others. Since it occurs at the onsetof REM sleep, healthy sleepers wont usually witness the event. People whoexperience sleep paralysis lose all control of their muscles and speech - butremain fully conscious. This can be terrifying, especially when experiencedinitially. Scared by the inability to move, many people fear they are dyingor permanently paralyzed.CataplexyCataplexy is when someone loses all control of their muscle tone andmuscle control. The difference between sleep paralysis and cataplexy isthat, although the individual is fully conscious during both, with cataplexyit occurs while they are up and about rather than in bed during the night.The episodes usually dont last very long, and can vary in both severity andduration. Sometime it can be almost imperceptible and at other times canbe a total shut down of all muscles - leading to a physical collapse.Cataplexy is thought to be triggered by strong emotions like excitementand humor on one end of the spectrum to anger, fear and stress on theother end. Although this symptom of narcolepsy isnt in itself dangerous,people suffering from severe cataplexy have to make sure that someone isconstantly around them during their waking hours so that they dont injurethemselves during a collapse.
  • 4. Not being able to get to sleep at night can be a horrible experience - at night as well as throughout the following day. But it doesnt have to be that way - sometimes all it takes is a few lifestyle adjustments. Learn what you need to know to instantly fall asleep each night in the sleep ebook, Get to Sleep Now! 39 Ways to Guarantee Your ZZZs.Disrupted Nighttime SleepAlthough people who suffer from narcolepsy are able to get to sleepwithout any problems, they normally dont sleep well throughout the night.Their sleep may be disrupted by everything from insomnia and hypnicjerks to vivid dreams, sleep talking and REM sleep behaviour disorder.ObesityAfter experiencing symptoms of narcolepsy and being diagnosed withnarcolepsy, many individuals report a sudden gaining of weight.Fortunately, this symptom of narcolepsy can be prevented with propertreatment.
  • 5. Another symptom of narcolepsy that is very difficult to detect is the speedat which someone enters REM sleep. Healthy sleepers only enter the stageof sleep known as REM sleep about 100 to 110 minutes after initiallydozing off. People suffering from narcolepsy, however, will enter REMsleep within minutes of falling asleep. This symptom of narcolepsy can onlybe detected by a sleep study.If you suspect that you, or someone you know,may be suffering from the sleep disorder Related Articlesnarcolepsy, explaining your symptoms will helpyour doctor diagnose your condition. While What is Narcolepsy?there is no cure, there are definitely treatments Narcolepsy Causesthat will alleviate many of the symptoms of Narcolepsy Treatmentsnarcolepsy. Sleep Diseases