Information and facts on Narcolepsy disorder

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Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects over 250,000 people in the USA. These are the symptoms: sleep attacks, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and sleep related hallucinations. A person with narcolepsy may experience any or all of these problems. The best known symptom of narcolepsy is the sleep attack. A person with narcolepsy will suddenly fall into a sleep state with almost no warning. Sleep attacks can occur at any time, even in mid-conversation, up to10 times a day or more. These periods of sleep usually last a few minutes, however in some cases sleep can continue for an hour or more. After the narcolepsy, the person may feel refreshed, yet they can fall asleep again in a few minutes. While the sleep that results from narcolepsy looks like ordinary sleep, researchers have found at least one main difference. Normal sleep is a cyclical process that alternates between periods of REM  "Rapid Eye Movement" and NREM "Non-Rapid Eye Movement" types of sleep. During the NREM part of the cycle, the entire body slows down including: breathing, blood pressure, pulse, and brain wave activity are all lowered. When your REM cycle begins, the body remains asleep, but the brain becomes very active, brain waves as recorded by an EEG "ElectroEncephaloGraph" will resemble those of the awake  brain. It is during your REM sleep period that most dreaming occurs.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Multi-vitamin and Mineral supplement 10 a natural good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will contain the other items listed below: Zinc, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. A daily supplement provides nutrients required for good general health and well being.
Calcium 10 it is needed both for energy production in the body and for a healthy nervous system. This mineral works in combination with magnesium
Magnesium 10 this mineral works with calcium
Essential Fatty acids 10  they help protect your body's cell membranes and also aid the nervous system. They are found in fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil and some supplements have have a combination of these such as Advanced Omega. (see link below)
B Vitamin complex 8 the B vitamin family are very important for the proper function of both your brain and nervous system. Supplements with natural vitamin B may also help with sleep problems, depression, and related disorders.
vitamin C 8 increases energy and helps to protect the body from free radical damage as well as help with the immune system.
vitamin D 8 needed for proper calcium absorption
vitamin E 7 increases circulation in the body, good for healing, and it serves to protect both the heart and brain.

In healthy individuals, sleep begins with the NREM phase. After sixty minutes or so of NREM sleep,  REM sleep begins. A short time later, the entire cycle begins again. In a narcoleptic sleep attack, in  contrast, researchers have found that REM sleep begins almost instantly, with no introductory NREM 
sleep. The precise significance of this is not yet understood, but it does provide a useful diagnostic tool as well as a clue for researchers to pursue in trying to understand this mysterious disorder.

The 2nd symptom of narcolepsy is cataplexy. This is a type of paralysis that usually occurs in response to some type of heightened emotion, such as anger, fear, or excitement. The individual does not lose consciousness, but experiences a sudden and temporary loss of muscle tone. Often, only the legs and/or arms are affected. These episodes normally last less than a minute, and they seem to be most likely to occur if the person is surprised in some way.

Sleep paralysis is the 3rd symptom of narcolepsy. Just as you are falling asleep, or as you are beginning to awaken, you try to move or say something but find that you cannot, even though you are fully conscious. This lasts for only a second or two, but it can be frightening, especially the first time it happens. These  episodes usually end either on their own or when someone touches or speaks to you. Many doctors feel  that sleep paralysis is similar to cataplexy and to the state that accompanies REM sleep, in which motor activity is inhibited even though the brain is active. This phenomenon is not strictly limited to people with narcolepsy; many otherwise healthy people may experience it occasionally.

Like sleep paralysis, sleep-related hallucinations medically termed hypnagogic phenomena usually occur just prior to sleep, or sometimes upon awakening. The affected individual may hear sounds that aren't  there and/or see illusions. These visual and auditory illusions are very vivid. This phenomenon also can occur in individuals who do not suffer from narcolepsy, particularly in children.

Because the symptoms of narcolepsy vary from individual to individual (it is estimated that only 10% of  people with narcolepsy experience all four of the classic symptoms), this disorder is frequently  misdiagnosed. Further compounding the problem is the fact that other sleep disorders, such as sleep  apnea, also can produce spells of marked daytime drowsiness. Narcolepsy is not a particularly dangerous problem,  unless one experiences a sleep attack while operating a motor vehicle or other machinery. It can,  however, be embarrassing and extremely inconvenient. The cause or causes of this disorder are unknown, but brain infection, head trauma, or brain tumors maybe behind some cases. It is known  that narcolepsy is almost never the result of insomnia or sleep deprivation. There is currently no cure for this disorder, so the focus must be on treating the symptoms. Dietary supplementation may provide aid.


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.