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Narcolepsy

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by Hollenstein J
 

Symptoms

Symptoms include:
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Daytime involuntary sleep attacks
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Sudden loss of muscle tone without loss of consciousness
  • Temporary paralysis while awakening or falling asleep
  • Frightening mental images that appear while awakening or as one falls asleep
  • Memory problems
  • Symptoms may be triggered by:
    • A monotonous environment
    • A warm environment
    • Eating a large meal
    • Strong emotions
Brainstem—Area of Brain Related to Alertness
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RESOURCES

Narcolepsy Network
http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org

National Sleep Foundation
http://www.sleepfoundation.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Better Sleep Council of Canada
http://www.bettersleep.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Bhat A, El Sohl AA. Management of narcolepsy. Expert Opin Pharmacotherapy. 2008;9(10):1721-1733.


Dauvilliers Y, Arnulf I, et al. Narcolepsy with cataplexy. Lancet. 2007;369:499-511.


Feldman NT. Narcolepsy. Southern Medical Journal. 2003;96:277-282.


Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 6, 2013. Accessed June 3, 2013.


Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail%5Fnarcolepsy.htm. Updated December 28, 2011. Accessed June 3, 2013.


Narcolepsy: new understanding of irresistible sleep. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2001.

 

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