Narcolepsy is a potentially serious and persistent sleep disorder that causes people to fall asleep at inappropriate times for as briefly as a few seconds up to 30 minutes. In other words, their daytime sleepiness is so excessive that it causes them to suffer sleep “attacks” in the course of their normal daily activities even after a full night’s sleep. Narcoleptics may suddenly fall asleep while they are talking, walking, eating, driving or working. Poor quality of sleep is frequently seen in narcoleptics and may require treatment to consolidate sleep at night, resulting in an improvement in daytime alertness.
Narcolepsy affects an estimated 25 in every 100,000 people in the United States and there are approximately 125,000 Americans who suffer with it. Narcolepsy usually begins in the teens or early 20s. However, both young children and the elderly experience sleep attacks, as well. Narcolepsy may occur sporadically in some cases, but sometimes it runs in families. The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 12% of narcoleptics have a close relative with the disorder.
In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), people with narcolepsy my suffer from:
- Cataplexy (sudden, brief losses of muscle control)
- Sleep paralysis (the inability to move when waking up or falling asleep)
- Hypnagogic hallucinations (vivid dreams during sleep onset)
Experienced, compassionate care.
Here at Alamo Sleep Disorders Center we offer you the exceptional level of care you can trust to put your sleep disorder to rest. Our staff of highly trained, experienced, registered sleep technologists works closely with our medical director and our clinical psychologist, who are both board-certified in sleep medicine.
Scientists have yet to find a cure for narcolepsy but recent years have seen exciting new developments in our scientific understanding of the underlying biology of the disorder. There have also been new advances in effective treatments.
Our experts at Alamo Sleep Disorders Center can accurately diagnose narcolepsy and cataplexy using state-of-the-art polysomnographic tests as well as the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). Our medical staff can treat these sleep disorders using some of the newest and most effective treatments available. You will be happy to know we pride ourselves on providing friendly, patient-first care every step of the way.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of narcolepsy, call our San Antonio sleep center at 210-340-1141
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