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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 for Narcolepsy

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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.

Medical Treatment for Narcolepsy

The main focus of medical treatment is symptomatic relief of excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy with stimulants of the central nervous system and antidepressants. Stimulants increase wakefulness, vigilance, and performance, while antidepressants reduce cataplectic attacks.

Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
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