Narcolepsy - The Management of a Common Sleep Disorder

Written by Donald Saunders

Narcolepsy, a chronic and commonly diagnosed sleep disorder, affects over a quarter of a million Americans each year (approximately one person in every two thousand). Characterized byrepparttar body's inability to properly regulate sleep, narcolepsy's most obvious symptoms can include cataplexy (involuntary loss of muscle control), "automatic" behaviors (performing regular, mundane tasks by rote), hallucinations and paralysis during sleep.

However, narcolepsy is most commonly associated withrepparttar 146598 onset of "mini sleeps" or "sleep attacks" duringrepparttar 146599 day. These narcoleptic episodes (often referred to as EDS or excessive daytime sleepiness) occur whenrepparttar 146600 individual is suddenly overcome byrepparttar 146601 urge to sleep. The resulting state of narcolepsis can pass within a few seconds or it can last for more than half an hour.

Relatively recent medical research identifies narcolepsy as a genetically based sleep regulation disorder that usually emerges duringrepparttar 146602 middle and late teenage years. However, strong evidence also suggests that some forms ofrepparttar 146603 condition can be caused by head trauma or brain injury. Regardless ofrepparttar 146604 cause, becauserepparttar 146605 characteristics of narcolepsy can also be symptomatic of other, similar sleep disorders, a thorough medical evaluation (often including a variety of overnight sleep tests) is required for a correct diagnosis.

Although scientists continue to close in onrepparttar 146606 genes connected withrepparttar 146607 onset of narcolepsy, treatments for narcoleptics still vary widely. Common treatments includerepparttar 146608 use of approved prescription drugs, such as modafinil and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like fluoxitine and sertroline, to treatrepparttar 146609 excessive daytime sleepiness.

In large part howeverrepparttar 146610 management of narcolepsy depends upon what appears most effective forrepparttar 146611 individual, and because no cure exists at this time,repparttar 146612 available treatments primarily addressrepparttar 146613 sleep disorder's symptoms.

Reduce Stress and Enjoy More Sleep

Written by Donald Saunders

If you suffer from insomnia of any kind,repparttar chances are you don't need to be told that there's a significant connection between sleep problems like insomnia and stress. In fact, as cases of insomnia and related sleep problems increase, more and more people find themselves caught betweenrepparttar 146597 pressures and responsibilities of daily life and their desire for a good night's sleep.

The good news is that insomnia and stress don't have to go hand in hand. There are a variety of productive ways that you can reduce stress and increase your chances of getting a good night's sleep atrepparttar 146598 same time.

If you have already takenrepparttar 146599 basic steps necessary for a good night's sleep (the 5 steps to better sleep outlined in my previous article and published here),repparttar 146600 chances are you're suffering from stress-induced insomnia, and it's time for you to take action. That's because anxiety of any kind has quantifiable physiological effects such as increasing your blood pressure, your heart rate and your body temperature which in turn disrupt your body's natural propensity for sleep and disturb your body's nightly sleep functions. In other words, anxiety doesn't just reducerepparttar 146601 amount of sleep you are able to get - it damagesrepparttar 146602 quality ofrepparttar 146603 sleep that you do enjoy.

Fortunately, you can reduce stress and improve your sleep fairly simply by undertaking some form of regular relaxation exercise. Depending upon your preference and your degree of stress, there are several different ways to improve your sleep quality through relaxation.

For some people all it takes to reduce stress is a warm bath and some sleep-promoting aromatherapy. Using calming aromatherapy candles or adding soothing essential oils to your bath arerepparttar 146604 perfect way to diffuse anxiety and inducerepparttar 146605 sleep you need after a long day.

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