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Is Narcolepsy A Type Of Insomnia
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. ...Read more
Since I don't have narcolepsy and I my friends don't have it either, I don't understand their struggle. If that means NEVER insomnia, I would LIKE it!
Can have insomnia &: People with narcolepsy often have insomnia with trouble sleeping at nite while being excessively sleepy during the day with trouble focusing, poor memory and depression. They can suddenly uncontrollably fall asleep during the day, esp. when experiencing strong emotions.Trust me, you would not like having narcolepsy! See http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/nar/signs.html for more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can l-tyrosine improve alertness? I took it at night and had severe insomnia, but wasn't sure if it was that or lingering from my narcolepsy meds.
I have successfully treated narcolepsy (take provigil, xyrem). About a year ago, i suddenly developed severe chronic insomnia. What could cause this?
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.
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dx narcolepsy w/o cat 2yrs last 6 months experiencing difficulty falling asleep can I have insomnia too? Sometimes takes hrs to fall asleep rx:ritalin
Yes: You can have insomnia and narcolepsy. Ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause difficulty with sleep. Please let your physician know. In the meantime, use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have cfs, reynauds, fibro, narcolepsy w/insomnia. I now learn that they all may be autoimmune. What tests and what viruses can I expect? Inherited/gen
I have diagnosed narcolepsy, but I cannot afford the proper meds... uninsured... is there any OTC things I can take or any type of activities thatll keep me awake? I have cataphlexy too
Not the best idea: While I'm sympathetic to your problem, I'm reluctant to make suggestions. Your treating physician should be the person who gives you this advice. Medication assistance programs ARE available from manufacturers to eligible applicants. The office of a doc committed to pt care will have or can obtain that information. A web search by you should also turn up resources. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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