a sleep disorder is defined as a medical disorder that disrupts sleep patterns. Some sleep disorders are so severe they can interfere with daily activities and how one functions emotionally, physically, and mentally.
People who suffer with this sleep disorder experience excessive sleepiness during the day along having uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep. While it is considered a sleep disorder, it is also a chronic brain disorder where there is poor control of sleep-wake cycles. It can also cause weakness in the muscles. It takes most people about 90 minutes to reach the REM stage of sleep, but for those with narcolepsy, this stage of sleep is reached much more quickly. There is no known cause for this sleep disorder. Its symptoms include:
Mental cloudiness and lack of energy
Sudden loss of muscle tone
This condition usually begins between the ages of 15 and 25. Symptoms can be somewhat managed by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and heavy meals. Scheduling daytime naps can also be helpful in reducing symptoms associated with narcolepsy.
Making your appointment at the Sleep Lab at Sinai Medical Center is the first step to overcoming a sleep disorder. Call to schedule your appointment today.