A 38-year-old member asked:
How are narcolepsy and insomnia different?
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Dr. Mark Patterson answered
31 years experience in Pediatrics
Both Sleep Issues: Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep and can be due to many causes: the use of stimulants, the inability to quiet oneself down prior to sleep, the use of electronic devices prior to bed, irregular sleep routines, etc. Classic narcolepsy is due to the loss of brain cells which produce the chemical orexin. Leads to fragmented sleep, excessive rem activity, other symptoms, including insomnia.
Answered on Dec 29, 2013
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