FC: Narcolepsy By: Molly Owens Block 3 Mr. Lane
1: narcolepsy (nahr-kuh-lep-see)] noun Pathology . a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.
2: Cause Of Narcolepsy... | -Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks. - In some patients, narcolepsy is linked to reduced amounts of a protein called hypocretin, which is made in the brain. -Narcolepsy tends to run in families. Certain genes are linked to narcolepsy.
4: Symptoms of Narcolepsy... - The most common symptoms are: -Periods of extreme drowsiness during the day. You may feel a strong urge to sleep, often followed by a short nap (sleep attack). These periods last for about 15 minutes each, although they can be longer.
5: -Dream-like hallucinations between sleep and wakefulness. They involve seeing or hearing, and possibly other senses. -Sleep paralysis. This is when you cannot move as you start falling asleep or when you first wake up. It may last up to 15 minutes.
6: Interesting Facts About Narcolepsy... -Narcolepsy is a lifelong disorder that affects approximately 1 in every 2000 people in the US. -Many people with narcolepsy go through their lives undiagnosed. -Narcolepsy has been observed in humans and a few other species of animals, including dogs. -Narcoleptics have 10 times the rate of automobile accidents as non-narcoleptics. -A description of narcolepsy in a mother and a son dates back to 1887.
8: Treatment of Narcolepsy... -There is no known cure for narcolepsy. -Lifestyle changes and emotional counseling may help you do better in work and social activities. This involves: -Eating light or vegetarian meals during the day. -Planning naps to control daytime sleep and reduce the number of unplanned sleep attacks -Scheduling a brief nap after meals, if possible
10: Risk Factors of Narcolepsy... -Difficulty functioning at work -Difficulty with social activities -Injuries and accidents, if attacks occur during activities -Side effects of medications used to treat the disorder
12: Sources... http:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealthPMH0001805/ http:faculty.washington.edu/chudlernarco.html