Narcolepsy is a relatively rare condition that causes patients to fall asleep suddenly without any prior warning; this is commonly known as having ‘sleep attacks’. 

What causes narcolepsy?

The cause of narcolepsy remains unknown.

Symptoms of narcolepsy

As well as suddenly falling asleep, symptoms of narcolepsy include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Trouble staying awake
  • Disrupted sleep during the night
  • Lack of concentration
  • Temporary loss of muscle movement

Treating narcolepsy

There is currently no cure for narcolepsy but there are steps that can be taken to ease symptoms; these include:

  • Napping for short spells during the day
  • Avoid stress: stress makes narcolepsy worse
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take medication; many doctors prescribe stimulants or antidepressants for people with narcolepsy

Guide to Sleep Disorder

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