A 42-year-old male asked:
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two siblings on meds for narcolepsy. i have insomnia (wake up after 3-4 hrs for no psych reason). connection? 2 sleep studies inconclusive /contrad.

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Dr. Eric Farbman
25 years experience Neurology
Prob. not connected: A sleep study is the gold standard test for narcolepsy. If this does not show up on your sleep study, you certainly do not have that. It may be difficult to determine the cause of your insomnia, which is unfortunately a very common symptom.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Vikas Jain
12 years experience Sleep Medicine
Possibly: There could be a connection but it depends. Narcolepsy does have a higher penetrance in families. However, do your siblings truly have narcolepsy with cataplexy. Hard to give you more information without looking at your records. Best would be to go to a board certified fellowship trained sleep physician.
Answered on Mar 22, 2014
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