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What are some signs of narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that involves dysfunctional sleep-wake cycles. Signs and symptoms of narcolepsy may include the following:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness – an overwhelming desire to fall asleep throughout the day that disrupts a person’s ability to function. This occurs despite having had a good night’s sleep. EDS is typically the first indicator of a problem.
  • Obesity – individuals with narcolepsy often report sudden weight gain
  • Disrupted nocturnal sleep – difficulty falling asleep at night due to periodic leg movements, insomnia, vivid dreams, and/or talking during sleep

How do you get narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy can affect virtually anyone in the world, including people of all genders, ages and races. Onset typically occurs later in life, although people may experience symptoms during childhood.

The cause of this condition is unknown. Scientists have linked narcolepsy with certain genes that are responsible for controlling the sleep-wake cycle. The condition has also been linked to brain abnormalities in the regions that regulate REM sleep.

How is narcolepsy diagnosed and treated?

Our physicians can diagnose narcolepsy with a medical history interview along with an analysis of your symptoms and lifestyle. A physical examination may be completed to rule out other possible conditions. Then, your sleep specialists will conduct a series of tests in the sleep clinic to confirm the diagnosis of narcolepsy.

Treatment of narcolepsy revolves around making lifestyle changes in addition to taking prescribed medications. Your unique symptoms and medical history will help determine which treatment plan your doctor recommends. Keep in mind that you may have to try several medications before arriving at the one that works best for you.