Can you be sleeping but feel awake?
Just because you’re asleep doesn’t necessarily imply that your entire brain is asleep. Conversely, as I will describe now, we have also learned that even when you’re awake, your entire brain may not be awake. A case in point for sleep intruding into wakefulness involves brief episodes of sleep known as microsleep.
How do I know if I’m narcoleptic?
People with narcolepsy fall asleep without warning, anywhere, anytime. For example, you may be working or talking with friends and suddenly you nod off, sleeping for a few minutes up to a half-hour. When you awaken, you feel refreshed, but eventually you get sleepy again.
Can narcolepsy come on suddenly?
It is often triggered by sudden, strong emotions such as laughter, fear, anger, stress, or excitement. The symptoms of cataplexy may appear weeks or even years after the onset of EDS. Some people may only have one or two attacks in a lifetime, while others may experience many attacks a day.
At what age is narcolepsy diagnosed?
The onset of narcolepsy can occur anytime between early childhood and 50 years of age. Two peak time periods have been identified; one around 15 years of age and another around 36 years of age. Some researchers believe that narcolepsy is under-diagnosed in children. Narcolepsy tends to remain a lifelong condition.
How do you fix narcolepsy?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Stick to a schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends.
- Take naps. Schedule short naps at regular intervals during the day.
- Avoid nicotine and alcohol. Using these substances, especially at night, can worsen your signs and symptoms.
- Get regular exercise.
How long does narcolepsy last?
Symptoms typically develop over several months and last a lifetime. The disorder usually begins between ages 10 and 20, although sometimes it starts as late as age 40 or 50. Narcolepsy affects women and men equally, occurring in about 1 in 2,000 people.