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How long does a person sleep at one time with narcolepsy?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry

In brief: It varies

There is no particular nap length.
People with narcolepsy however often feel refreshed for several hours after a nap. People with central nervous system hypersomnia on the other hand do not feel refreshed after a nap.

In brief: It varies

There is no particular nap length.
People with narcolepsy however often feel refreshed for several hours after a nap. People with central nervous system hypersomnia on the other hand do not feel refreshed after a nap.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Irregular

Very irregular sleep during the day and during the night.
Variation is significant. Narcolepsy must be managed by a sleep specialist. This is a very complicated disease and always requires connection with your sleep doc.

In brief: Irregular

Very irregular sleep during the day and during the night.
Variation is significant. Narcolepsy must be managed by a sleep specialist. This is a very complicated disease and always requires connection with your sleep doc.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: Varies

Although to an observer, people with narcolepsy sleep frequently and for long time periods, there is actually a lot of waking during apparent 'sleep' in the narcoleptic patient.
So the total hours actually add up to be the same as a non-narcoleptic (7-9 hours) but it is spread out through a 24 hour period as opposed to typical nighttime sleep.

In brief: Varies

Although to an observer, people with narcolepsy sleep frequently and for long time periods, there is actually a lot of waking during apparent 'sleep' in the narcoleptic patient.
So the total hours actually add up to be the same as a non-narcoleptic (7-9 hours) but it is spread out through a 24 hour period as opposed to typical nighttime sleep.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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