What is it?
Narcolepsy is a relatively uncommon sleep disorder characterized by attacks of sleep and involves the body’s central nervous system
. Narcoleptics may fall asleep in inappropriate places and
at inappropriate times, such as while driving, talking, or eating. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
, narcolepsy can include having dream-like episodes while awake, memory problems, and sleep paralysis. Narcolepsy has a genetic component, so you may have an increased risk if one of your family members has been diagnosed with
Anyone with narcolepsy should see a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders. You may need to have an a daytime study which examines how quickly you fall asleep during quiet daytime situations as well as an overnight sleep study. Narcolepsy is treated with medications in many cases.
What is it?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity. Insomnia is a short-term or chronic problem which
includes waking up too early,
difficulty falling or staying asleep, and having poor quality sleep overall. Insomnia can be brought on by stress, depression, changes in your sleep habits or surroundings, stimulants, or lack of regular exercise. It is common for people to have a poor night’s sleep every now and again, but if it happens repeatedly without explanation, you should consult a physician.
Insomnia can be treated through proper management of current or new medications, but also emphasizes the need for proper sleep habits.
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