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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 a neurological sleep disorder. It is 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.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with narcolepsy. I also have headaches and depression, which are often present in apnea patients. I'm in my second month trying C-PAP for the first time. It's helpful; I sleep fewer hours (approx. 8 at night) and…Continue
Regular Ambien didn't allow me to sleep for more than 4 hours at a time. I have switched to ambien XR and I am finding that I can sleep 6 hours at night with CPAP. I DO feel groggy in the morning, which I don't like because morning is my best time…Continue
I don't know if it is just me, but I have huge issues with staying focused. It's not that I can't focus at times, but I feel that my mind gets muggy and over crowded at times. Well a lot. Especially when I have a lot piled on me. Maybe it's…Continue
Hi, everyone, I have been having a week of extreme jet lag after returning from Germany. I don't seem to be sorting out my circadian rhythms very well. Drowsiness all day, short naps at odd times, wakefulness at night with just a few hours of sleep.…Continue
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