Is there a cure for narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder of the normal sleep / wake rhythm. It is a disorder in the brain. Healing is not possible until now. With medication the symptoms or to suppress.
Just sleep during the day
The exact cause of narcolepsy is not (yet) known. Symptoms usually occur between your 15th and 30th year. Probably comes from a combination of genetic factors and environmental influences. In the Netherlands it is estimated that 10,000 people from narcolepsy.
If you have narcolepsy, always doing two complaints. You have the irresistible urge to fall asleep and you’re attacking muscle weakness in emotion.
Every day you have a strong feeling that you want to fall asleep during the day. And sometimes it happens that you have a continuous feeling of drowsiness. It seems to feel like you’ve slept some nights too little. This day you can just fall asleep. During a train ride, watch TV or for example a meeting at work. You sleep ten to thirty minutes.
The tendency to fall asleep during the day you feel usually arrive. Sometimes you with much effort and by being actively suppress a sleep attack. This allows you or the rest of the day dull, tired and irritable. Almost all (between 95 and 100 percent) patients with narcolepsy suffer from these symptoms.
If you are awake and suddenly relax your muscles, you’ll suffer from cataplexy. Intense emotions such as anger, great joy, fear and excitement cause muscle relaxation. Sometimes these attacks restrict themselves to certain muscle groups (partial seizures). Sometimes a weakening of all skeletal muscles (complete attack).
Upon relaxation of the muscles in your neck and face from falling over your head and you can not speak anymore. If your leg muscles relax, you sink your knees and fall. A slack usually takes less than 30 seconds.
Often you here several times a day affected. Although an attack of relaxation comes suddenly, you can often just time search assistance. This course you rarely an injury on. Approximately 60 to 70 percent of all patients with narcolepsy suffer from cataplexy. You can also suffer from other problems. But these are not all narcolepsy patients. Here’s a list.
Narcolepsy Patients come in falling asleep or immediately afterwards called in a dream sleep, also called REM sleep. While others reach the first falling asleep in non-REM sleep.
If you so suddenly in REM sleep comes, you experience this as sleep paralysis. You are aware of your surroundings, but are not able to move you. This can feel very frightening or threatening. About 30 percent of narcolepsy patients experience these symptoms.
In sleep paralysis can observe especially during sleep at night or during the day extremely vivid dreams. These visions, called hallucinations, sometimes seem so real that you can hardly distinguish from reality. During a hallucination see, hear and feel everything. This allows you to be scared or feel threatened. Usually these hallucinations take several minutes. They are rarely longer than ten minutes. About 25 percent of narcolepsy patients experience these symptoms.
More than half of narcolepsy patients sleep superficial, restless and wakes up frequently. Often you will be after you’ve fallen asleep after one or two hours awake. You than a few hours awake and falls back one or two hours of sleep.
You can also suffer from anxiety dreams or nightmares. Sometimes you make involuntary movements. For example, kicking with your legs or waving your arms.
Is there a cure for narcolepsy?
There is no cure for narcolepsy, because there is very little known about the cause. But to treat the symptoms with drugs. With an extensive investigation into a sleep / wake Center may establish an expert what symptoms you have and what medications you can use for this.
Because Narcolepsy is not curable, it can be good to suit your lifestyle. If you sleep regularly, you become less tired wake. As much as possible go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time is good for your sleep rhythm. Longer stay in bed, you do not rest.
It can also help to insert some daytime sleep times. Try at fixed times of the day thirty minutes to sleep an hour. But make sure you three hours before you go to bed, no nap does more