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Narcolepsy Symptoms, Remedies and Causes

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What is Narcolepsy? Definition
What is Narcolepsy? The Definition of Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) characterized by excessive sleepiness during normal waking hours, an inability to stay awake by sudden, uncontrollable urges to sleep, causing an individual to fall asleep at inappropriate times.

Alternative Names for Narcolepsy?
Other names or references to Narcolepsy include:

  • Somnolence

  • Hypersomnia

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

  • Dyssomnia (Dyssomnia is a classification for sleeping disorders characterized by either insomnia, too little sleep, or hypersomnia or too much sleep)

  • Sleeplessness

  • Wakefulness

  • Commonly linked to Cataplexy

Narcolepsy Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Narcolepsy? What are the effects? The symptoms of Narcolepsy include the following:

  • Reduction in memory
  • Reduced mental performance and control
  • Reduced awareness
  • Anxiety
  • Constant yawning
  • Hallucinations
  • Drowsiness
  • Daytime fatigue - frequent naps during the day
  • Low energy levels
  • Slurred speech
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Mood Changes
  • Shaking or Tremors
  • Irritability

Narcolepsy Causes
What are the causes of Narcolepsy? The causes of Narcolepsy may include the following:

  • Narcolepsy can also be a symptom of other sleep disorders
  • Medical conditions including MS, Depression, Obesity and Epilepsy
  • A genetic predisposition to EDS
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse

Narcolepsy Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure or medication for Narcolepsy? The following info is not a substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, but serves as a useful guide to help focus future discussions. The Narcolepsy Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • Mild cases require no treatment
  • Herbal / Alternative treatments - Ginseng, Lavender oil, Valerian
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Prescribed medication includes the following drug treatments:
    • Modafinil (Provigil)
    • gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (Xyrem)
    • Ritalin
    • Dexedrine
    • Adderall
    • Desoxyn
    • Cylert

Narcolepsy Treatment
The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as Narcolepsy is to act as a reference guide to provide useful information regarding sleeping problems. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat Narcolepsy or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

Facts about Sleep
Some interesting facts about sleep are as follows:

  • Fact 1:  A Catnap is a a short sleep (usually not in bed)
  • Fact 2: Hot summer nights cause restless sleep - To drop off to sleep we must first cool off; body temperature and the brain's sleep-wake cycle are closely linked
  • Fact 3: People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
  • Fact 4: Being sleepy is just like being drunk! If you lose 2 hours of sleep, you can impair your performance equalling .05 blood-alcohol level

This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream Interpretation.org.uk disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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