Managing Symptoms of Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy Sleep Disorder
Narcolepsy, although a rare form of sleeping disorder is known to affect about 3 million people all over the globe and about 200,000 people within the United States of which only about 50,000 of them seek medical help. The condition can occur in both the sexes equally and can occur in any age group although the onset is generally seen in teenage or people in the age bracket of 20 to 30 years.
It is interesting to note that it takes on an average about 15 years for the condition to get actually diagnosed after the beginning of symptoms. Due to this huge time gap in actual diagnosis, the patients of this condition usually experience many untoward problems that include cognitive, educational, psychological and occupations concerns. The condition is also known to be more in people with learning disability and the options for treating the condition is also not varied.
Studies and research on this condition have shown that the extent of diagnosis of the problem is generally on a lesser scale. This is owing to the fact that some people suffering from the problem might not show any visible signs and symptoms and even the degree of severity is usually diverse.
Since the condition is very much under diagnosed in many cases and the severity of the condition differs from one individual to the other from showing no visible signs and symptoms to having obvious signs and symptoms, studies in this regard have not made much progress.
The two tests generally administered to come to a diagnosis of the condition include Polysonogram and Multiple Sleep Latency examination. These two tests not only help in arriving at the diagnosis, it also helps in understanding the degree of severity of symptoms so that the doctor can arrive at a conclusion on how to manage the problem. The tests are administered in two hour intervals that give scope for the person to fall asleep. The polysonogram is undertaken on a more uninterrupted basis to get a record of the activity within the brain.
Narcoleptic patients are known to go to sleep quite often and easily during the day. The preventive treatment for people suffering from narcolepsy includes use of antidepressants along with preplanned naps. Taking the naps at planned intervals has many a time helped patients overcome their drug dependence by creating a naturally occurring phenomenon but doing it in a planned manner. The person is advised on trying to train their mind and body to respond to normal sleep cycles by sleeping adequately during the night coupled with taking planned short naps during the day. This allows narcoleptics to remain alert and awake while performing their day to day activities and prevents putting them and those around them in jeopardy while performing activities like driving or handling machinery.
Holistic medicine is an alternate therapy that narcoleptics can look forward to for help in overcoming some of their symptoms. People suffering from the problem have also benefited by undertaking lifestyle changes like alterations in the diet, good exercise regime and by taking additional supplements to overcome some deficiencies they might be facing.
It is important for people suffering from the problem to follow the instructions given by the doctor with utmost care for this plays an important role in the management of the condition.
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