Narcolepsy

NARCOLEPSY driving accident

Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Introduction

Unlike what most of us may believe, our brains do not merely ‘switch off’ when we fall asleep. In fact, there are times during sleep when the brain is highly active and this can be mapped by studying the brain’s electrical activity. Normally, healthy sleep consists of a progression of stages involving varying levels of activity in the brain.

 

What Is A Normal Sleep Cycle?

narcolepsy As we begin to fall asleep, we transition slowly from full wakefulness into a state where the body becomes progressively unresponsive to stimuli and eventually reaches delta sleep. The delta phase is a very deep state of sleep. Following this, your body then ascends into a slightly lighter state after which you experience what is known as rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. It is during this stage that we tend to experience dreams. In REM sleep, the body becomes frozen and incapable of movement. It is believed that this prevents us from actually playing out the roles we envision in our dreams. Throughout this sleep cycle, we alternate between non-REM and REM sleep states.

Those who suffer from a certain form of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy may actually experience a blurring of the distinction between wakefulness and sleep. In fact, they tend to experience REM-like symptoms even when they are not fully asleep.

 

What Is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a kind of sleep disorder. It is a chronic condition although the severity of the condition and frequency of symptoms may vary from one patient to the next. Typically, a person suffering from narcolepsy is unable to effectively separate wakefulness from sleep. He or she experiences excessive drowsiness during the daytime. Such a person is also prone to falling asleep suddenly and without warning. Such episodes are known as sleep attacks and they can be very dangerous both for the person themselves and for others around them.

Unlike others who take time to work up to REM sleep, a person suffering from narcolepsy may slip into a REM state almost as soon as he or she falls asleep. The paralysis that accompanies REM sleep tends to manifest during these periods as an inability to move or speak although this tends to be short-lived. The patients may also suffer from vivid hallucinations.

 

Why Do Some People Suffer From Narcolepsy?

NARCOLEPSY driving accidentScientists believe that there is a neurological basis for this kind of disorder. To be more specific, they attribute it to a dysfunction in the central nervous system. A specific region of the brain known as the hypothalamus consists of neurons or nerve cells that produce a protein-like substance called hypocretin. Hypocretin is the chemical responsible for regulating sleep, wakefulness, and appetite. When, for a variety of possible reasons, there is an abnormal drop in the level of hypocretin in the brain, a person could develop narcolepsy. The neurons that produce hypocretin may be damaged or destroyed in some cases, leading to a deficit of hypocretin and an inability to effectively regulate sleeping and waking.

Research has identified a number of possible risk factors associated with narcolepsy, as follows:

  • Sometimes this condition shows patterns of familial clustering. Having a first degree relative with narcolepsy significantly increases one’s own risk of developing the condition.
  • Head trauma.
  • The loss of hypocretin-producing neurons may occur due to an autoimmune disorder.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals such as pesticides.
  • Infection with influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (swine flu) or even the vaccination for it.
  • Streptococcal infection may also be implicated, though the exact nature of the relationship is not clear.
  • Tumors or lesions affecting the hypothalamus or adjacent structures.

 

What Are The Identifying Features Of Narcolepsy?

Any case of narcolepsy will typically exhibit a classic set of identifying symptoms as follows:

  • Excessive drowsiness during the daytime.
  • Sudden sleep attacks: The patient is capable of falling asleep at any time, in the midst of any activity, however urgent or engaging. This is completely uncontrollable and irresistible.
  • Cataplexy: This involves a sudden muscle weakness that can range from mild weakness to total physical collapse. During cataplexy, the individual is usually awake and the episode may be brought on by a strong emotion such as laughter or anger. Typically, such episodes are short-lived. The frequency of these attacks varies from one individual to the next.
  • Sleep paralysis: This is an inability to move or speak during the process of falling asleep or awakening.
  • Hallucinations: Dream-like vivid hallucinations can occur both during sleep and when the patient is awake.

A fuller list of probable symptoms is given below:

  • Headaches.
  • Problems with memory.
  • Double vision or blurring or vision.
  • Slurring of words.
  • Sagging jaw.
  • Complete collapse due to loss of muscular control.
  • Sudden muscle weakness.
  • Fragmentary night-time sleep.

Narcolepsy also tends to coexist with other sleep disorders and related problems. These include obstructive sleep apnea and nocturnal eating disorder.

 

What Are The Different Types Of Narcolepsy?

Patients may fall under one of two possible groups: those with cataplexy and those without. The latter type tends to be less severe.

 

What Are The Possible Complications?

NARCOLEPSY studentThe inability to catch a good night’s sleep can, in the long term, severely impair the patient’s quality of life. They can become irritable, anxious and depressed. This condition can leave the patient feeling drained physically, mentally and emotionally. Further, any person who is prone to falling asleep suddenly or suffering sleep paralysis is at risk of injuring himself or herself and endangering the lives of those around them as well.

Imagine a person suffering a sleep attack on the steering wheel while driving along an expressway. The fear of such a scenario can cause the person to lose confidence and feel embarrassed.

 

How Can It Be Diagnosed And Treated?

Since narcolepsy can be present alongside other sleeping disorders or sleep-related eating disorders, there may be a variety of other symptoms accompanying those of narcolepsy itself. However, the following general procedures can aid in establishing a diagnosis:

  • Physical examination. The patient may show completely normal indicators except for the inability to move during episodes of sleep paralysis or cataplexy.
  • Medical history and relevant family history.
  • Polysomnography.
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Tests.
  • Lumbar puncture in order to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid to be tested for hypocretin levels.

Addressing the issue of narcolepsy involves a multidisciplinary approach including:

  • Lifestyle changes: Reduce stress and follow a healthy sleeping pattern. This roots in following the right diet and engaging in physical fitness. If you take naps, make sure that they follow a strict pattern. Be wary of allergy and cold medicines, as they tend to cause drowsiness.
  • Counseling and therapy: The symptoms of narcolepsy can lead to embarrassing situations and may make the narcoleptic withdrawn, anxious, and even depression. It is important to seek counseling to address these issues related to narcolepsy as well.
  • Medicines: While many doctors prescribe stimulants and anti-depressants for treating narcolepsy, one should be wary of the side-effects of these medications too.

All of these should be followed consistently to witness improvement.

Prevention of narcolepsy includes:

  • Avoiding emotional triggers which may cause a cataplexic response.
  • Refraining from unscheduled daytime naps, especially long ones.
  • Following healthy sleeping patterns.
  • Avoiding the use of mobiles, laptops, or other stimulating gadgets before bedtime that exposes your eyes to blue-light.

Facts

  • Narcolepsy affects roughly 200,000 Americans and 3 million people globally, yet only 1/4th of these individuals seek medical help.
  • Although the onset of narcolepsy has no fixed age, it is most commonly experienced among people with 10-30 years of age.

Facts

  • Often narcolepsy gets confused with depression, obstructive sleep apnea, and insomnia during diagnosis.
  • Many individuals with narcolepsy experience cataplexy. Cataplexy is the condition where there is a sudden loss of muscle tone (either full body or a relatively minor part), due to a strong emotional reaction.

Facts

  • Human beings are not the only organisms which are affected by narcolepsy.  There is evidence of canines and rodents suffering from the same too.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Follow proper sleep hygiene. This includes getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep at one stretch every night.
  • Perform cardio or other aerobic exercises in the morning. This will tell your brain it’s time to wake up and remain awake.
  • Keep your body cool as you approach bed time. One technique is to take a warm bath just before going to bed.
Don'ts
  • Consume any form of caffeine, especially near bedtime. Also, refrain from consuming sugary food and drinks.
  • Consume tobacco in any form. It disrupts normal metabolism that affects sleep cycle.
  • Say yes to a nightcap. Any form of alcohol taken before bed will reduce the quality of REM sleep

 

 

 

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Epley maneuver: Why is this the best protection from the symptoms of vertigo? Epley maneuver is an exercise that can treat the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).  It was…
What to eat, what not to eat in the South Beach Diet? The South Beach Diet is one among the most popular weight loss programs that have been the talk…
Erythritol: A healthy sugar substitute or yet another marketing ploy? Erythritol is a popular choice of a healthy alternative sweetening agent in foods. But how healthy can a…
Carb Cycling: Weighing the pros vs the cons of this diet routine Completely discarding carbs from your life will do you more harm than good. Read more about carb cycling,…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
HSV-1_IGG
Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG Test Herpes simplex virus I(HSV)-IgG is an Immunoglobulin protein that acts as an antibody & stays in the blood…
Thyroid disorders
Thyroid Profile Thyroid profile is a panel of blood tests performed to check if an individual is suffering from any…
AUTOIMMUNE HEPATITIS liver
Hepatitis Profile A hepatitis profile or a hepatitis panel is a blood test that checks for markers of hepatitis infection…
Hepatitis A virus infected liver
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Total Blood test to look for IgM antibodies to know if you are infected with Hepatitis A virus (HAV),…
carrageenan seaweed
Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing is not only…
Jack in the box fast food
Jack In the Box : The perils of surging fast food culture in the USA Jack in the Box - How a culture of fast-food can clog your arteries, weaken your heart, fatten…
Moringa drink
Moringa: This could be the most nutrient-dense food known to us! Moringa is a lush green tree brimming with over 90 essential nutrients required for a healthy mind and…
Kava: Is it the healthy substitute for alcohol you have been waiting for? Native to the beautiful South Pacific islands, Kava is a famous beverage rooted in the local culture. It…
How seitan proved to be a blessing in disguise for vegans worldwide Can only meat-eaters enjoy delicious juicy steaks and burgers? With seitan, the best meat substitute available today,even vegans…
Appendix pain: Recent findings on this not-so vestigial organ The exact function of the appendix is still not clear. Some consider it as an organ that once…
Surgery or home-remedy; what is the right way to treat a burn The treatment of a burn injury depends on its severity. You can save a life by offering the…
liver cleanse detox
14 go-to foods that are best for a complete natural liver detox Liver cleanse can be achieved by just choosing or avoiding certain types of food. Liver itself is a detoxifying…
Chest X-Ray A chest x-ray is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays to visualize the structures inside your chest. It…
Strep throat pain
Anti-Streptolysin-O Test The ASO or Anti-Streptolysin-O is a blood test designed to check for the presence of streptococcus bacterial infection…
phenytoin test
Phenytoin test Phenytoin is a drug that is administered mainly to epilepsy patients. The phenytoin blood test measures the level…
AHBC Igm
Anti-Hepatitis B Core Antigen (AHBc) IgM Anti-hepatitis B core antigen (AHBC) IgM is an investigative procedure to detect the presence of IgM antibodies in…
ureteroscopy
Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
Unbelievable health benefits of gooseberries (and a few tasty recipes) Gooseberries are antioxidant-rich tasty fruits that can be easily added in daily diet to improve overall health and…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
Squid-ink-spaghetti
Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
piles fissure fistula
Allopathy vs homeopathy vs ayurveda treatment for piles, fissures, and fistula Read to know the best form of treatment among allopathy, homeopathy,or ayurveda for piles, fissures, and fistula
cancer facts
8 hard-hitting truths no one tells you about cancer Did you know that 1.5 million new cases of cancer are reported every year? Can second-hand smoking kill…