Roughly 200,000 Americans suffer from narcolepsy in addition to several other sleep disorders that go untreated. So how can you get the rest you need? The doctors at Sleep Medicine Specialists of South Florida are here to help.
Dr. Edward Mezerhane explained that narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition where the balance is lost between being awake and being asleep. This can result in losing the ability to stay awake during appropriate times. All narcoleps have a debilitating sleepiness, along with a mental fog and other symptoms. About 60% to 70% of those with narcolepsy can also have symptoms that result in physical weakness after feeling strong emotions.
Although the condition is chronic and progressive, there are things that help. Having a bedtime schedule or sleep routine is a big part of treatment, in addition to therapy and medicine. Lifestyle management is also very important, and things like diet, and exercise can help alleviate the symptoms.