There are quite a number of people suffering from narcolepsy, though they may be unaware of it. Symptoms can occur at any age, usually after 20, and may appear at the same time. Doctors believe that narcolepsy is caused by the insufficient presence of a brain chemical- hypo cretin- that aids in sleep regulation and alertness. That is why narcoleptics have a tendency to fall asleep at inopportune moments, and may experience excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). Other symptoms of narcolepsy include cataplexy, hallucinations and sleep paralysis.
Cataplexy is the sudden loss of power over your muscles. This is usually caused by a sudden burst of emotion- anger, grief, surprise, laughter- though it may also be misdiagnosed as seizure, due to its confusing characteristics: dropping of the head, slurred speech, leg or hand muscles becoming weak, the inability to stand, or simple drooping of the eyelids.
Sleep paralysis occurs while the person is asleep, and is usually detectable either just before one falls asleep, or just before one wakes up. Some also speak of being unable to breathe, though they really can.
If you suspect you, or you your loved one, to be suffering from narcolepsy, it is advisable to visit a sleep specialist. This specialist will prescribe a form of treatment, after carefully explaining the condition. Treatment could range from pills, sleep therapy and herbal sleep remedies. Though there is no known cure for narcolepsy, all these various forms of treatment have been known to reduce sleepiness as well as the occurrence of cataplexy.
There are various centers you could visit while in Nashville if you suspect you are narcoleptic. These include the STHS Sleep Center LLC dba Center for Sleep (615) 284-4543, 300 20th Avenue Nashville TN and the Sleep Disorders Center Skyline Medical Center (615) 769-4280, 3441 Dickerson Pike Nashville TN.
However, if you choose to talk to a sleep specialist directly, Hanson B Cowan 300 20th Ave N, STE 503 Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 284-5098 is a well renown specialist and will help with whatever inquiries you may have about the condition, its symptoms and treatment(or rather ways to manage it). Bijoy John and J Brevard Haynes are also qualified specialists of the narcoleptic condition; you can find them on 300 20th avenue.
Simple routines can, however, help you learn to manage the condition. For example, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol just before bed.
Sleep Association: About Narcolepsy
Medicine Net: Narcolepsy Nashville