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Narcolepsy (cont.)

Narcolepsy Treatment

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Treatment for narcolepsy ranges from proper sleep routines, exercise, and other measures sufferers may institute on their own, to drugs like antidepressants and stimulants administered by doctors.

Home Remedies

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  • Sleep hygiene is very important. For example, many people have an improvement in their symptoms if they maintain a regular sleep schedule, usually seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Scheduled naps during the day also help. One study suggested that the optimal sleep pattern is a combination of scheduled nighttime sleep (such as from 11:00 pm to 7:30 am) and two 15-minute naps.
  • Patient's with narcolepsy should also avoid heavy meals and alcohol (as it can interfere with sleep).
  • Driving should be restricted when the patient feels sleepy.
  • Children should be encouraged to participate in after-school activities and sports. A well-designed exercise program can be beneficial and stimulating.
  • Parents should request school personnel to excuse the child from activities if he or she appears drowsy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014
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