Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
Do you find yourself suddenly falling asleep during the day? Narcolepsy affects about 1 in 2,000 people, and it can interfere with your ability to live a normal life. To manage your symptoms, contact our Internist at Maiden Lane Medical in New York. You’ll find the solutions you need to cope with narcolepsy. To get started, call the practice or book an appointment online today.
What is narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes bouts of sudden sleepiness and falling asleep during normal activities.
If you have narcolepsy, you may struggle to stay awake during the day and find that you involuntarily fall asleep despite your best efforts to stay awake.
Narcolepsy is often associated with cataplexy, which is a sudden loss of muscle control that’s often associated with strong emotions.
While there is no cure for narcolepsy, the right treatment methods can help you manage your symptoms and lead a normal life.
What causes narcolepsy?
Medical experts aren’t exactly sure what causes narcolepsy, and there may be numerous factors that contribute to the development of the condition.
It may be caused by low levels of the chemical hypocretin, which is associated with regulating wakefulness and REM sleep.
Another factor that may increase your risk for narcolepsy is exposure to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.
Narcolepsy is seen in both males and females equally, and many people with the condition are misdiagnosed with psychiatric disorders or other conditions.
What are the symptoms of narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy symptoms often show up in young adulthood, but they can develop at any time. Some of the most common signs of the condition include:
- Daytime sleepiness: decreased alertness and falling asleep involuntarily
- Cataplexy: sudden loss of muscle control which can cause slurred speech and is associated with bouts of intense emotion
- Hallucinations: episodes upon falling asleep or waking, often referred to as hypnagogic hallucinations
- Sleep paralysis: short periods of inability to move or speak when falling asleep or waking up
How is narcolepsy treated?
Narcolepsy treatment starts with a comprehensive assessment of your sleep patterns, your health history, and your symptoms.
Treatment varies for each patient but may include medications, supplements, lifestyle modifications, and behavioral therapy.
Counseling or group therapy can also be helpful for patients with narcolepsy, as the condition isn’t widely understood or accepted by the general public.
At Maiden Lane Medical, we can support you in getting the care you need to manage your symptoms and live a normal, happy life.
To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.