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What Is Narcolepsy?

Lauren Surbrugg | May 05, 2016

Being tired is not fun. Not one bit of constant, excessive sleepiness is enjoyable. I want to be awake! I want to enjoy my day! I don’t want to be a walking zombie who only wants to hurry home to get back to bed and finally catch those undesired zzzs.

Most of the time, people who think like this do not have great sleep patterns or an understanding of sleep health. These people can benefit from a bit of sleep health education and an investment in a new mattress to encourage good habits; why not try the Nolah mattress in a box?

However, there are a rare group of people who suffer from narcolepsy, a disorder that causes chronic and excessive drowsiness during the daytime. Unfortunately, this disorder does not have many answers for a cause or a cure, making it difficult to combat, but dealing with narcolepsy is possible.

Things To Know About Narcolepsy

  • It is a sleep disorder that affects only one in 3,000 Americans, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
  • Narcoleptics don’t necessarily sleep a lot more than people without narcolepsy; rather, they cannot control when they fall asleep.
  • Daytime drowsiness lasts for a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Narcoleptics enter REM after a few minutes into a sleep cycle, while people without narcolepsy enter REM after 80 to 100 minutes into a sleep cycle.

 

Good Habits For Narcoleptics

Harvard specialists recommend the following behavior tips for narcoleptics who want to live a life full of #Nolahdventures.

  • Take a nap during the day.
  • Stay active; even a brief walk between long stints of sitting can make a difference.
  • Maintain an established sleep routine on a new Nolah mattress in a box.
  • Avoid heavy meals and sedation medication.
  • Reduce caffeine intake if you’re using stimulant medication.