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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.

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MSLT

Started by arowland in General. Last reply by arowland 6 hours ago. 6 Replies

So I am in the middle of my MSLT today and thought I'd log on and see what everyone was talking about. I am hoping that this test finally gives me the answers I've been waiting for, but I am feeling quite skeptical. I usually can sleep ANYWHERE, but…Continue

Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?

Started by angie frazier in General. Last reply by KristinTMAAF 14 hours ago. 10 Replies

About two months ago I started experiencing these the only reason I know about them is bc my spouse, family, or friends whoever happens to be around when they happen tell me about them when I come out of them sometimes it will last from seconds to a…Continue

Co-morbidity and Nacrolepsy

Started by KristinTMAAF in General. Last reply by angie frazier yesterday. 8 Replies

Something I have noticed is that many of us with Narcolepsy also have other health conditions.  I find a lot of the time that individuals I come across tend to have autoimmune diseases or connective tissue diseases.  Another common issue I have…Continue

So many questions..I'll start with these three. Is it normal to have difficulty reading, remembering words when speaking, and want only to eat carbs?

Started by Tired in General. Last reply by angie frazier yesterday. 3 Replies

I get different answers from different people regarding these questions.  I hadn't read a book from the age of 15 till I got diagnosed and put on Provigil.  I can now read but only if it's really interesting.  As I get to the bottom of the page, I…Continue

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arowland replied to arowland's discussion MSLT
"Nel as strange as it sounds I will be disappointed. I'm exhausted at searching for an answer.…"
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angie frazier left a comment for KristinTMAAF
"I would love to talk and learn more about microsleep attacks and automatic behavior I have looked…"
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KristinTMAAF replied to angie frazier's discussion Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?
"I get several of these a day.  They are microsleeps where you slip into a REM cycle but you…"
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Nel replied to angie frazier's discussion Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?
"Never apologise for venting. We all do it and it's better out than in! I'm a fine one to…"
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angie frazier replied to angie frazier's discussion Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?
"Also my medical provider didnt give me much insight which was frustrating too. They are supposed to…"
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angie frazier replied to angie frazier's discussion Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?
"Also thank you for the article."
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angie frazier replied to angie frazier's discussion Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?
"Yes it is very possible I have down that several times not knowing it I did the samething I know…"
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angie frazier replied to angie frazier's discussion Anyone experience automatic behavior episodes?
"Yes it is very possible I have down that several times not knowing it I did the samething I know…"
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Top Content 

1 What are you dreaming about these days?

What are you dreaming about these days?

Posted by dancermom on July 15, 2014

2 Xyrem

Xyrem

Posted by Mad Beach Narco on July 9, 2014

3 Co-morbidity and Nacrolepsy

Co-morbidity and Nacrolepsy

Posted by KristinTMAAF on July 19, 2014

4 What kind of music cheers you up?

What kind of music cheers you up?

Posted by Nel on July 27, 2014

5 Does your diet affect your narcolepsy symptoms?

Does your diet affect your narcolepsy symptoms?

Posted by dancermom on July 17, 2014

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Ben's Friends Monthly Newsletter - July 2014 Issue

Posted by Ben Munoz on July 31, 2014 at 11:36am 0 Comments

Just the Stats:

Communities:36

Friends:41,000+



Welcome New Members and Greetings from Ben's Friends!

 

"You're a firework," as the song goes. We…
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June 2014 Community Newsletter

Posted by Ben Munoz on June 29, 2014 at 11:24pm 0 Comments

Summer - the time of the year where some of our wonderful and fun memories are made. As a quote goes, "Life without love is like a year without summer."  Spend some time with your loved ones, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and feel the…
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May 2014 Community Newsletter

Posted by Ben Munoz on May 30, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

Rejoice and celebrate the season of Spring. Enjoy the colors and  the beauty of nature. Reach out to your friends and loved ones and share the warmth, the colors and happiness of Spring. Greetings from Ben’s Friends!

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Life as a "Zebra", When things Become Personal

Posted by KristinTMAAF on May 20, 2014 at 3:10am 2 Comments

For anyone who took a glance at my profile, you can tell I have a complex story. My DX. range from Ehler-Danlos and Aneurysms/Vascular Anomalies to Narcolepsy and Autonomial dysfunctions. I have multi system malfunctions and a high rate comorbidity… Continue

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