Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that often gets misdiagnosed or goes undiagnosed for many years. The highly trained professionals at Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic in Adrian, Michigan, diagnose and treat narcolepsy. If you think you may have narcolepsy, call or book an appointment online today.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that interferes with your brain’s ability to manage sleep-wake cycles. This may lead to uneven, interrupted sleep that makes you drowsy during the day. Narcolepsy can make it challenging to stay awake for long periods and lead to sudden sleep attacks.
Narcolepsy is a lifelong disorder, but the symptoms usually don’t worsen as you age. Symptoms may lessen partially but never go away entirely. The most common narcolepsy symptoms include:
Narcolepsy may also cause changes in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Normally, you enter REM sleep within 60-90 minutes of falling asleep. People with narcolepsy usually enter REM sleep within 15 minutes and may also experience muscle weakness and dream activity of REM while they’re still awake.
First, your provider at Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic reviews your symptoms and medical history. If they suspect you have narcolepsy, they may order tests to confirm the diagnosis. Tests for narcolepsy include:
A sleep study uses equipment to record your brain and muscle activity as well as breathing and eye movements while you sleep. This can help determine if you enter REM sleep rapidly and rule out other conditions, like sleep apnea.
This test requires you to take 4-5 naps spaced two hours apart during the day. MSLT measures how long it takes you to fall asleep in the daytime.
Though narcolepsy has no cure, the compassionate team offers treatments to help you manage your symptoms and regain control of your life. Treatment for narcolepsy may include medications and lifestyle changes, like getting regular exercise at least 4-5 hours before bedtime.
For professional diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy, call Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic or book an appointment online today.