Narcolepsy symptoms can frighten someone who is not aware of the condition. Narcolepsy, though rare, is One of the strangest sleep disorders.
If you have it, narcolepsy can interfere with your daily activities like driving, working or even your relationships.
Narcolepsy seems to run in families, indicating a possible genetic connection. And it only occurs in ½ of 1% of the general population. Despite its relative rarity, if you have narcolepsy, it will impact your life quite a bit.
In fact, it will affect every single aspect of your life…
Narcolepsy Symptoms First Hand
When I was attending college, I spent a lot of time in the biology major lounge, studying. One of the biology majors was a young man (John) who had narcolepsy. He was about 20 years old, which just happens to be the age when narcolepsy is worst.
I had never seen anyone with narcolepsy before, and it was truly amazing to see him—go to sleep. John could be studying or speaking to someone, and he would suddenly go limp (loss of muscle tension) and collapse. He would sleep like this, for 10-20 minutes.
Narcolepsy episodes can be triggered by a heavy meal or by intense emotions, whether positive or negative. Because of this, people with narcolepsy avoid stress and they often lead a very bland emotional life, trying to avoid the attacks. They try to avoid crying and laughing.
Unfortunately these narcolepsy naps can occur at any time. And being narcoleptic does inhibit one’s lifestyle. For example, if you have narcolepsy, you can’t drive or operate machinery.
And relationships are difficult. A person with narcolepsy can fall asleep, even while having sex, when high adrenaline levels should keep him awake.
The causes of narcolepsy are not known, even though it does run in families.
Treatment for narcolepsy consists of behavioral therapy and amphetamines or orexin-based medications. And hypnosis for stress relief could also help.
If you or someone you know has narcolepsy, you probably already know the narcolepsy symptoms.
Narcolepsy is one of those conditions that presents a danger to the person who has it—so, if you know you have the symptoms of narcolepsy, make sure you discuss it with your doctor.