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How to know if you have Narcolepsy (there’s only one true way)

By April 4, 2018 No Comments

Who are you fellow internet user? Are you personally wondering “how to know if you have narcolepsy? Does your loved one have narcolepsy? Or do you think they might have narcolepsy? Read articles here.

Let me first introduce myself. My name is Peter, I’m the creator of this site www.narcolepsycoach.com. I built this website because I was looking for a place that offered holistic tips on how to treat your narcolepsy, some inspiration, and comprehensive information. I saw that those things existed, but not all in one place — so I decided to create it. Feel free to browse through this website to learn more about how to treat narcolepsy, how to deal with loved ones who have narcolepsy, and much much more!

 

How to know if you have Narcolepsy

 

About 1 in every 2000 people have narcolepsy. In the United States, that translates to about 200,000 and worldwide that would be around 3 million people. Symptoms typically begin to manifest around ages 10 to 30. I personally started to notice symptoms around age 19.

 

How to know if you have narcolepsy

 

How to know if you have Narcolepsy

 

Currently, there’s only one proven way to know if you have NarcolepsyThat would be the MSLT or Multiple Sleep Latency Test. For a more extensive article on that process please check out my page on the narcolepsy test.

There are several common symptoms that are associated with this sleeping disorder. The most common ones would be EDS or excessive daytime sleepiness, brain fog, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations.

 

If you haven’t done it already, you should know that the MSLT is not the most pleasant thing in the world. Essentially they place dozens of wires on your head, chest, and legs and monitor any metric you can imagine while you sleep. It’s quite uncomfortable and you shouldn’t expect to get the best night’s rest in that condition 🙂

Fortunately, there is a new test for narcolepsy that currently is in development.  I first heard about this test while I was attending the Narcolepsy Conference in my hometown of Portland.

 

 

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