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Introduction Ode to Narcolepsy Narcolepsy causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. The disorder also may cause muscle weakness. Most people who have narcolepsy have low levels of hypocretin. This is a chemical in the brain that helps promote waking Narcolepsy is believed to be due to the auto-immune disease The immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues. Low levels o Introduction Ode to Narcolepsy Narcolepsy causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. The disorder also may cause muscle weakness. Most people who have narcolepsy have low levels of hypocretin. This is a chemical in the brain that helps promote waking Narcolepsy is believed to be due to the auto-immune disease The immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues. Low levels of histamine promote sleepiness. Often the brain show evidence of mental cloudiness The four main symptoms of Narcolepsy are cataplexy, Extreme daytime sleepiness, hallucinations and sleep paralysis Narcoleptics may have episodes where they fall asleep suddenly Sleep may also occur in the middle of talking or another activity Maintain a regular sleep schedule in a warmed environment Avoid alcohol, caffeine-containing beverages and distractions Avoid large, heavy meals just before sleeping Take antidepressants and stimulants while working -An original poem by Kenneth Kee Interesting Tips about the Narcolepsy A Healthy Lifestyle 1. Take a well Balanced Diet 2. Treatment of Narcolepsy a. Non medicinal methods: i. Explanation to family and patient with advice on how to cope with the sleepiness problem ii. Instructions on how to regulate sleep habits iii. Light therapy may help you keep a regular sleep and wake schedule b. Medicinal methods: i. Pyschostimulants such as amphetamines, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine in dosages enough to maintain functioning ii. Antidepressant of tricyclic type may help 3. Keep bones and body strong Bone marrow produces our blood Eat foods rich in calcium like yogurt, cheese, milk, and dark green vegetables. Eat foods rich in Vitamin D, like eggs, fatty fish, cereal, and fortified milk. Eat food rich in Vitamins B and C such as green vegetables and fruits Zinc and other minerals are important to the body 4. Get enough rest and Sleep Avoid stress and tension 5. Exercise and stay active. It is best to do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights for 2½ hours a week. One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. Begin slowly especially if a person has not been active. 6. Do not drink more than 2 alcohol drinks a day for a man or 1 alcohol drink a day for a woman. Alcohol use also increases the chance of falling and breaking a bone. Alcohol can affect the neurons and brain cells. 7. Stop or do not begin smoking. It also interferes with blood supply and healing. Cigarettes contain more than forty types of hazardous and possibly cancer causing chemicals which can harm the smokers and those around them Chapter 1 Narcolepsy Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by sleeping at inappropriate times with intense feeling of sleepiness which ironically results in normal number of hours of sleep. Narcolepsy is a disorder that causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. The disorder also may cause muscle weakness. Most people who have narcolepsy have low levels of hypocretin. This is a chemical in the brain that helps promote wakefulness.


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Introduction Ode to Narcolepsy Narcolepsy causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. The disorder also may cause muscle weakness. Most people who have narcolepsy have low levels of hypocretin. This is a chemical in the brain that helps promote waking Narcolepsy is believed to be due to the auto-immune disease The immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues. Low levels o Introduction Ode to Narcolepsy Narcolepsy causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. The disorder also may cause muscle weakness. Most people who have narcolepsy have low levels of hypocretin. This is a chemical in the brain that helps promote waking Narcolepsy is believed to be due to the auto-immune disease The immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues. Low levels of histamine promote sleepiness. Often the brain show evidence of mental cloudiness The four main symptoms of Narcolepsy are cataplexy, Extreme daytime sleepiness, hallucinations and sleep paralysis Narcoleptics may have episodes where they fall asleep suddenly Sleep may also occur in the middle of talking or another activity Maintain a regular sleep schedule in a warmed environment Avoid alcohol, caffeine-containing beverages and distractions Avoid large, heavy meals just before sleeping Take antidepressants and stimulants while working -An original poem by Kenneth Kee Interesting Tips about the Narcolepsy A Healthy Lifestyle 1. Take a well Balanced Diet 2. Treatment of Narcolepsy a. Non medicinal methods: i. Explanation to family and patient with advice on how to cope with the sleepiness problem ii. Instructions on how to regulate sleep habits iii. Light therapy may help you keep a regular sleep and wake schedule b. Medicinal methods: i. Pyschostimulants such as amphetamines, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine in dosages enough to maintain functioning ii. Antidepressant of tricyclic type may help 3. Keep bones and body strong Bone marrow produces our blood Eat foods rich in calcium like yogurt, cheese, milk, and dark green vegetables. Eat foods rich in Vitamin D, like eggs, fatty fish, cereal, and fortified milk. Eat food rich in Vitamins B and C such as green vegetables and fruits Zinc and other minerals are important to the body 4. Get enough rest and Sleep Avoid stress and tension 5. Exercise and stay active. It is best to do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights for 2½ hours a week. One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. Begin slowly especially if a person has not been active. 6. Do not drink more than 2 alcohol drinks a day for a man or 1 alcohol drink a day for a woman. Alcohol use also increases the chance of falling and breaking a bone. Alcohol can affect the neurons and brain cells. 7. Stop or do not begin smoking. It also interferes with blood supply and healing. Cigarettes contain more than forty types of hazardous and possibly cancer causing chemicals which can harm the smokers and those around them Chapter 1 Narcolepsy Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by sleeping at inappropriate times with intense feeling of sleepiness which ironically results in normal number of hours of sleep. Narcolepsy is a disorder that causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. The disorder also may cause muscle weakness. Most people who have narcolepsy have low levels of hypocretin. This is a chemical in the brain that helps promote wakefulness.

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