How do I know if I have Narcolepsy you might ask yourself? Really there is only one way to know. That would be the MSLT or Multiple Sleep Latency Test. I wrote a bit more extensively on that topic here.
How do I know if I have Narcolepsy
But first, let’s make sure you’re in the right place.
Where are you on your journey with narcolepsy diagnosis? Are you just starting to experience symptoms of this sleeping disorder? Have you gone through your MSLT and are awaiting results? Drop me a line in the comment section below. That way I’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Are you aware of all your symptoms? Do you find yourself being tired all the time? Is that just because of poor diet or are you actually experiencing EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness)? EDS is one of the major symptoms of narcolepsy.
Clinical Symptoms of Narcolepsy
When I first asked myself “how do I know if I have Narcolepsy?” I was searching for means of diagnosis. That process starts with understanding what the most common symptoms are.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness – Experience of extreme fatigue/exhaustion caused by a sleeping disorder. This ailment goes beyond just being tired, it’s when you are operating from such a place of extreme exhaustion there’s a clinical definition for it.
Cataplexy – Is a condition when extreme emotion causes your body to lock up and you lose muscle control.
Brain Fog – Occurs when you have trouble concentrating, you have issues with short-term memory retention, and your cognition is operating at a diminished level.
Fragmented Sleep – Fragmented sleep is a condition in which you do not sleep soundly throughout the night. Your sleep cycle is always interrupted during your nightly sleep of 6-9 hours. You’ll wake up never feeling truly rested.
How do I know if I have Narcolepsy?
The Gold Standard for Narcolepsy Diagnosis
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, the only sure-fire way to be diagnosed, as of right now (March 2018), is the Multiple Sleep Latency Test. Check out this link for a deep look at the MSLT process.
New Diagnosis Process in Development
When I was at the national Narcolepsy Conference last year one of the speakers mentioned that there is a new diagnosis method that is in development. It will involve a blood test that examines genetic markers that indicate whether you have the sleeping disorder or not.
So you’ve been diagnosed.
What to do now?
First get your diet right.
Enter your email below for support:
Next, check out my article on how to treat narcolepsy.
Third, breathe. You need to understand that this disease will affect many facets of your life, but you have what it takes to live a fulfilled life with this disease. Narcolepsy knocked me on my ass when I was first diagnosed. But month by month, year by year I learned how to build a life that is in alignment with this disease instead of one that creates friction with it.
If you ever feel like you’re alone please know that there are hundreds of thousands of us across the globe that are struggling just like you. Don’t hesitate to reach out by leaving comments on this website or emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org