|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.
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|it is needed
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some supplements have have a combination of these such as
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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
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|needed for proper calcium
|increases circulation in the body, good for
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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
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