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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 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.


Just a picture comment on our plight.

Started by accidentprone in General. Last reply by accidentprone 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

Garfield%20Nap.jpg    Just thought this was cute.  I don't think I'm breaking…Continue

Does sleep at night reduce Cataplexy during the day?

Started by accidentprone in General. Last reply by accidentprone 5 hours ago. 6 Replies

Is anyone out there aware of any evidence that receiving enough sleep during the night reduces cataplexy episodes during the day?  Since I am a nervous type of person, I am fearful of being put on amphetamine type meds to keep me awake during the…Continue

Sleepy pics

Started by trtlator in General. Last reply by elaine armstrong 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

Has anyone had complaints in their photos that they always blink when the flash goes off or that you look tired/stoned in the resulting image? Every image that is taken of me results in me looking half asleep or having my eyes closed.Continue

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Caffeine good for Narcolepsy?

Started by Tenacity in General. Last reply by trtlator on Thursday. 2 Replies

I am so thankful that there are others who understand!I want to be as healthy as possible with healthy remedies to keep me alert.I go for the official narcolepsy sleep test in may.I'm thinking that narcolepsy meds help stimulate the brain.What about…Continue

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loss of true self

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4 Have you been prescribed Modafinil? If so what was your experience? What Meds have helped?

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loss of true self

Posted by trtlator on April 30, 2015 at 12:52am 5 Comments

I apologize first off its not my intention to be negative. I just want to express myself and release some stress. 

When I was younger I tried to be active and be involved in boy scouts. I received my eagle at 17 and continued on as a scout…


Tired of being tired.

Posted by DarkFaerie on April 8, 2015 at 9:05pm 6 Comments

Thankfully I am one step closer to getting things under control. Next on to do list is meet with doc next week to have in depth discussion on different medications.

Today has been spent literally fighting the sandman all day. Ended up… Continue

A way to start to explain Narcolepsy to people...

Posted by Ranger on March 31, 2015 at 8:44pm 2 Comments

Dear All,

  Recently was thinking of an easy simple way for people to understand Narcolepsy.

  This is what I came up with:

  Narcolepsy "is like when a person with type 1 Diabetes needs insulin".  When we need to sleep it's…


WANTED: Career in testing lazy-boy lounge and mattresses

Posted by sleepynearseattle on March 31, 2015 at 9:47am 2 Comments

VW Beetle car seat would fail the sleep test. Mine has to be dialed down. I love a bench in a truck on a long ferry ride. It seems I've always looked for a place to nap. At 15 I was a personal care attendant/homemaker. I would do my homework on…



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