Narcolepsy

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

People with narcolepsy fall asleep suddenlyanywhere, at any time. It can even occur in the middle of a conversation. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep. People with narcolepsy fall asleep without warning, anywhere, anytime. People affected by the condition often find it difficult to stay awake for long periods of time, regardless of the circumstances. Narcolepsy can cause serious disruptions in your daily routine.

Contrary to what some people believe, narcolepsy isnt related to depression, seizure disorders, fainting, simple lack of sleep or other conditions.

The exact cause of narcolepsy isnt known. Genetics may play a role. Other factors, such as infection, may contribute to the development of narcolepsy.

The symptoms of narcolepsy most commonly begin between the ages of 10 and 25. They may worsen for the first few years, and then continue for life.

People with narcolepsy may have other sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and even insomnia.

There is no cure for narcolepsy, but medications and lifestyle modifications can help you manage the symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.