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What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder, or dyssomnia, characterized by excessive sleepiness and sleep attacks at inappropriate times, such as while at work. People with narcolepsy often experience disturbed nocturnal sleep and an abnormal daytime sleep pattern, which often is confused with insomnia. Narcoleptics, when falling asleep, generally experience the REM stage of sleep within 5 minutes; whereas most people do not experience REM sleep until an hour or so later.

Narcolepsy is neurological and not caused by mental illness or psychological problems. It is most likely affected by a number of genetic mutations and abnormalities that affect specific biologic factors in the brain, combined with an environmental trigger during the brain's development, such as a virus.

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Started by ViYanna Rosemarie in General. Last reply by Carol on Tuesday. 4 Replies

After 35 + years of useless& quite expensive testing, about four months ago I was finally diagnosed with Narcolepsy. Cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hallucinations & all that comes with Narcolepsy seems to be my issues fir all these years. I…Continue

Narcolepsy, changing symptoms and remission when dealing with other issues??

Started by Ranger in General. Last reply by Carol Aug 18. 2 Replies

Hello All,   Just a couple of quick questions.   Does your narcolepsy ever go into "remission"?    Do you notice any changes "in the way narcolepsy affects you" when you are dealing with other autoimmune diseases?   Recently had a Mono test and the …Continue

New Insights into Narcolepsy

Started by Elodie in General. Last reply by Belboz99 Aug 16. 9 Replies

According to researchers, "A swine flu vaccine may have caused rare cases of narcolepsy by stimulating antibodies to attack brain cells that help regulate sleep.":…Continue

Worsening of narcolepsy ?!

Started by Abdullah in General. Last reply by ladybug Aug 15. 10 Replies

Hello..I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy recently and i was wondring is it posaible that i could get worse by having cataplexy in the future? even though iam taking concerta 36 nowContinue

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