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Are You Suffering from Narcolepsy or Just Normal Fatigue?


At some point all of us experience some form of weariness, and this is entirely normal. However, there are times when unusual tiredness can be an indication of deeper problems. Two common causes are fatigue and narcolepsy. The two can be mistaken for each other, but there are certain key differences. 

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Symptoms of fatigue include:

No Energy

The main symptom of fatigue is a lack of energy. People who suffer from fatigue are usually unable to get any benefit from sleep, in that even with adequate sleep, they may have low energy levels.

Trouble Being Active

Fatigued people often have trouble getting started with activities and lack stamina once they do start.

Memory Problems

When fatigued, people often have trouble remembering things or concentrating.

Causes of Fatigue

Fatigue may be caused by:
Medications
Health Conditions
Anxiety

Symptoms of narcolepsy include:

Daytime Sleepiness

People with narcolepsy are often unable to stay awake during the day and may have difficulties with alertness. They may find themselves fighting an overwhelming need to sleep or even falling asleep unintentionally. The severity of the need to sleep can vary, but is most likely to happen when they are inactive or involved in a monotonous task, such as driving a vehicle.

Sleep Paralysis

Some narcolepsy sufferers find themselves conscious but unable to move in the moments just before falling asleep or waking up.

Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Many narcolepsy sufferers hallucinate prior to falling asleep. These hallucinations can be visual, tactile, or auditory.

Causes of Narcolepsy:

While scientists are still not certain as to the cause of narcolepsy, it is believed that it results from the loss of a neurotransmitter called orexin. Orexin is the brain chemical that helps to regulate the states of being asleep and being awake.

How to Treat Both Conditions

The key with both conditions will be to improve the quality of your sleep. You can do this by following a few simple tips:

  • Ensure that your bedroom is quiet and comfortable
  • Invest in a comfortable mattress that provides adequate support for your body
  • Get the right amount of sleep per night
In order to treat the symptoms of fatigue or of narcolepsy, consider getting a better mattress. A memory foam mattress can provide better support and improve your sleep quality.

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