Narcolepsy can be a debilitating condition. People with narcolepsy cannot control their “sleep-wake” cycles. They have trouble getting full REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep at night and can fall asleep during the day at any time no matter what they are doing. Sleepiness is very severe and causes “sleep attacks,” where you just fall asleep for seconds to minutes at a time.

Sufferers can fall asleep at work, during a ball game, and, most dangerously while driving. The condition affects 1 out of every 2,000 people and is one of the most misunderstood conditions in healthcare. With treatment, narcolepsy is manageable, and sufferers can lead normal healthy lives. This article will help you understand what narcolepsy is, how it is diagnosed and treated, and some lifestyle tips to help you manage to live with the disorder.

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