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How to Manage Narcolepsy and Other Sleep Conditions

Narcolepsy Sleep Disorder

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How to Manage Narcolepsy and Other Sleep Conditions

Today the world is evolving at a fast rate, constraining our social, work, and personal life’s time and space. Whether you are a student, housewife, or a regular office goer, we all have so many things on our plate and we have less time to complete them. In the end, it affects our health and lifestyle. Many people start to compromise their diet, sleep, or social life to get their tasks completed which turns into various kinds of Narcolepsy disorders relating to sleep disorder, diet, and mental and physical well-being if continued in the long term.

Long work duration at your school, office, and house, the sudden workload of school or office projects, managing a big family as a housewife, mental illness struggles, physically demanding job, and many such mental, physical, emotional, and genetic factors can lead you to irregular sleep, various kinds of sleeping disorders, and syndromes.

What are Some Common Sleep Disorders?

Here are some names of sleeping disorders and medical conditions related to sleep that commonly affects many people as follows:

What are Some Common Sleep Disorders

Narcolepsy

It is a chronic sleep disorder that causes an individual to sleep excessively during the daytime. Patients facing Narcolepsy go through sudden sleep attacks, hallucinations, and sudden loss of muscle tone. 

Insomnia

It is a sleep disorder where an individual struggles to fall or wake asleep. Moreover, Insomnia has some significant links to poor sleeping patterns, chronic illnesses, lack of exercise, and mental health challenges like depression and anxiety. Insomnia is usually acute in the initial stages but can worsen with time.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea

It is a syndrome in which a person’s breathing pattern gets distorts during sleep by the reduction in airflow. Sometimes your breathing may pause totally and collapse during sleep. This condition could occur due a narrow airway, throat issue, obesity, or hypothyroidism. 

Shift Work Sleep Disorder

It is a sleep disorder that is found commonly among people who work in non-traditional hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day). It occurs due to changes in a person’s internal body clocks disturbing their sleep patterns and resulting in irregular sleep schedules. 

Narcolepsy

Let’s talk about Narcolepsy in detail as this chronic disorder most of the time have no diagnosis and it affects about 1 in 2,000 people on the Western side of Europe and the US. Narcolepsy is a long-term neurological disorder that distorts the sleeping patterns.

Symptoms include:

  • Excessive sleepiness in the daytime
  • Changes in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep patterns
  • Muscle tone starts to loosen up suddenly (cataplexy)
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep paralysis 
  • Disruption in sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue

Complications of Narcolepsy include:

  • Motor vehicle collision
  • Falling leading to physical injury 

Solution/Treatment:

  • Behavioral sleep control
  • Regular short naps
  • Wakefulness-inducing prescribed drugs 

What are the natural ways to treat Narcolepsy and other sleep conditions?

What are the natural ways to treat Narcolepsy and other sleep conditions

You can also treat sleep disorders or problems which are at acute levels with help of home remedies or natural substances which can treat sleeping disorders in general terms including Narcolepsy. Here are the list of methods which you can follow to treat sleep conditions through natural substances or through home remedies as follows:

  • Drinks like milk and Chamomile tea one or half hours before bedtime can help you sleep smoothly at night. It is said that drinking milk before sleep helps patients suffering from Insomnia a lot.
  • Doing physical activities can improve your sleep. Aerobic exercises release chemicals which help to keep people awake. Problems like excessive daytime sleeping and Narcolepsy can be controlled well through exercises.
  • Sleep in cool and dark places as it helps to give you relaxed sleep with comfortable room temperature needed for the body to get into resting mode soon.
  • Discipline and schedule your nap and sleep time. Short naps for a specific amount of time during the day can help you control sleep conditions of excessive daytime sleeping.
  • Try to get enough sleep and make sure you don’t oversleep or undersleep to avoid problems like hypersomnia or insomnia.
  • Foods like green dark leafy veggies, kimchi, sourdough bread along with food rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish oil are rich in hypocretin. It is a hormone which helps to keep you awake providing you alertness during the day and preventing you from falling asleep during daytime.
  • Have enough Vitamin-D. It is a key nutrient to treat sleeping conditions like Narcolepsy and you can consume Vitamin-D either through supplements, foods or adequate amounts of sunlight.
  • Watch your daily Caffeine intake. Consuming Caffeine before your sleep time changes your body clock and makes you extend your sleep time by 40 minutes.

What medications are used to treat various types of sleep problems including Narcolepsy?

Individuals who find it hard to treat these conditions naturally or they are suffering from severe levels of sleep problems then consuming medicines with the help of a doctor works well. Following is the list of medicines that are commonly given by doctors to treat Narcolepsy and other sleeping disorders:

  • Modafinil– also known as Provigil. It is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drug which improves wakefulness. This medication comes under the class of wakefulness-promoting agents. It treats several kinds of sleep disorders like Narcolepsy, shifts work sleep disorder, Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea. 
  • Armodafinil – also known as Nuvigil. It is a brain stimulant drug that also helps you to stay awake. This medication comes under the class of wakefulness-promoting agents as well which treats sleeping disorders and excessive sleeping problems like Narcolepsy, Shift work sleep disorder and Obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome.
  • Modalert– This is a generic medicine that comes under the category of psychostimulant. It is called an excellent nootropic and it helps to prevent excessive sleeping. You can also treat sleeping disorders like Narcolepsy and Obstructive sleep apnea using this drug according to doctors’ prescriptions.
  • Modawake- consists of a wakefulness-promoting agent. It also treats varieties of sleeping disorders like Shift work sleep disorder, Sleep apnea, Narcolepsy, etc.

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