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At Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, our experienced team of specialists takes a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to treating the whole patient and can help you understand and overcome the challenges you may be facing if you’ve been diagnosed with a sleep disorder.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control sleep and wakefulness. People with narcolepsy often feel rested when they wake up but experience excessive daytime sleepiness and occasional involuntary episodes of falling asleep that can occur at any time of day. Narcolepsy often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed. If left untreated, it can inhibit cognitive, social and psychological function and have a significant impact on your relationships, work, academic performance and social activities. Our skilled specialists are well-versed in identifying symptoms of narcolepsy and are committed to providing an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of this complex disorder.
During a regular sleep cycle, rapid eye movement (REM) begins within about 60 to 90 minutes of falling asleep, and the brain inhibits the movement of muscles during this time so you don’t act out your dreams. People with narcolepsy often enter REM sleep much more quickly, within 15 minutes of falling asleep. Muscle weakness and dream activity that’s typically associated with REM sleep may not occur at all while a person with narcolepsy is asleep but can happen while they are awake. Symptoms of narcolepsy often begin between the ages of 7 and 25 but can appear at any age. The most common symptoms include:
Other symptoms of narcolepsy include insomnia, sleep apnea, acting out while dreaming and restless leg syndrome.
Treatment For Narcolepsy
There is no cure for narcolepsy, but some symptoms can be treated with medicines and lifestyle changes. Our team of professionals works with you to create a treatment program that’s tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle to help you enjoy a healthier, happier life.
If you need help with a sleep disorder, contact us online or call Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine at 732-246-3066. For more information about narcolepsy, check out this National Institutes of Health fact sheet.