Narcolepsy is a condition in which a person falls asleep spontaneously. Sometimes this happens while someone is driving, or even while someone is working on and operating on dangerous machinery.
A further explanation of narcolepsy is provided later in this article. For now, you will be introduced to the purpose of sleep.
The Purpose of Sleep
Sleeping helps the body repair worn tissues. It also helps them replace dead cells with new ones, and the body regenerates itself while sleeping. It just helps you refresh yourself totally from head to toe.
People need sleep just as much as they need food or exercise. Sleep in fact is imperative to proper mental, physical, and emotional functioning. It makes you healthy all around.
Consequences of Insomnia
Hallucination and delirium are two main consequences of prolonged insomnia. Lack of sleep can also have a mental or emotional breakdown from not sleeping properly.
Causes of Narcolespy
The causes of narcolepsy are somewhat complex. However, not sleeping regularly is one main cause. This lack of sleep might be involuntary, but it could also be a result of a person who works too hard or for whatever reason just does not sleep much.
In any case, when sleep patterns are interrupted for some reason it can cause narcolepsy. This is especially the case when a person does not fall into what is known as the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep stage. However, sometimes faulty nerve functioning could be the cause.
Treatment of Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy can be a very unpredictable condition, and as of yet there really is no known cure. However, this condition can be managed if a person makes and effort to sleep more often.
On the other hand, the issue of insomnia may need to be addressed if a person cannot sleep. This is part of why lifestyle changes such as participation in regular stress-reducing exercise routines or following a proper diet are recommended.
Taking prescription medications for sleep also might help. The more soundly you sleep at night the less chance you will of falling asleep during the day.
An alternative prescription medication treatment could also be applied. This would involve the taking of stimulants during the day to stay awake.
Additional narcoleptic episode prevention tips are shown below:
- Stop smoking, as this can add to sleep problems because when you come down from the nicotine high you can feel tired.
- Alcohol in excess should be avoided because it is one main cause of drowsiness.
- Eating too heavy of meals is not recommended, as digestion of these richer foods (i.e. white pasta, fried foods, sweet cakes) can cause greater fatigue.
Finding the proper balance between relaxation, play, and work also helps you to correct sleeping patterns. Humor also helps you throughout the day in order to prevent endless worry that could cause a person to be up all night, and thus prevent daytime narcoleptic episodes.