Narcolepsy is a chronic (long-lasting) neurological disorder that involves your body’s central nervous system (CNS) – meaning that it affects your brain and nerves. The CNS is the network of nerves that carries messages from your brain to other areas of your body.
If you have narcolepsy, the messages about when to sleep and when to be awake don’t travel through your CNS properly. This is why someone who has narcolepsy that is not managed by medicine or other therapy may fall asleep while eating dinner, working, or spending time with friends or family.
About one in every 2,000 people suffers from narcolepsy. The disorder affects both men and women of all ages, though its symptoms are usually noticed after puberty begins. For most people with narcolepsy, their first symptoms appear between the ages of 15 and 30.
The main characteristic of narcolepsy is excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness, even after getting an adequate night's sleep. A person with narcolepsy will become drowsy or fall asleep at inappropriate times and places, and sleep attacks (sudden, uncontrollable incident of falling asleep) may occur with or without warning. Sleep attacks can repeatedly occur in a single day, drowsiness may persist for prolonged periods of time, and nighttime sleep may be interrupted with frequent awakenings.
The sleep medicine experts at the University of Miami Health System are experienced in effectively treating narcolepsy.
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