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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 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.
I have tried every medication Narco combo package available... Currently on Xyrem,Ritalin and D-Amphetamine. Before I was diagnosed with Narco my family and friends use to call me " Supermom " Being in Law Enforcement I would work my regular shift…Continue
I have a concern about some of the information being circulated by the media. In almost all cases, narcolepsy is defined as subjecting people to "sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks." In casual surveys, however, it appears that this is absolutely…Continue
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