What Makes Narcolepsy Worse + Proven Tips on Wakefulness

By January 26, 2019 No Comments

What Makes Narcolepsy Worse


Sleep specialists will always highlight the good things to do to help your narcolepsy. But what about the things to avoid? There are plenty of stimuli that can worsen your narcolepsy symptoms. I’m going to breakdown the most common below.

1 – Stress

Stress is hands down one of the most impactful stimuli I run into that has a negative effect on my narcolepsy and my ability to manage my EDS. I highly recommend adding any kind of stress management regimen to your day. Some of the most popular are meditation, tai chi, and yoga. 

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2 – Sugar Laden Foods


Changing my diet to a “narcolepsy diet”  has been hands down the most effective treatment of I’ve ever tried. More effective than medication for narcolepsy and more effective than any ulterior forms of treatment for narcolepsy.


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3 – Caffeine


We all know this one but it’s good to focus on again. Caffeine is great for a short energy burst but when you have narcolepsy it is quickly followed by a sharp crash. I recommend removing all caffeine from your diet if you have narcolepsy. 


What Makes Narcolepsy Worse

4 – Tumultuous Schedules


Sticking to a regimented schedule helps regulate your sleep/wake cycles for people with narcolepsy because that process is now broken with the sleeping disorder. If you have a varied schedule, it will be harder for your body to adapt to a routine sleep & wake cycle. 


5 – Alcohol


Alcohol is a wonderful marriage of three items from above. It’s stress-inducing (heightens your aggression and fight or flight response), has loads of sugar, and typically leads to a varied schedule. I recommend consuming very little alcohol if you have narcolepsy.


6 – Blue Light Before Bed

Blue light exposure releases cortisol (your stress hormone) and suppresses melatonin — the exact opposite process you want to be happening before you go to bed. This is a stressor for anyone, even those without the sleeping disorder, but it’s even more impactful for those with narcolepsy.

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