Is narcolepsy a disability?

Narcolepsy is a recognized disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under this law, your employer must make reasonable accommodations, like letting you adjust your schedule or take brief rest breaks, to deal with your narcolepsy symptoms.

What narcolepsy means?

Overview. Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep. People with narcolepsy often find it difficult to stay awake for long periods of time, regardless of the circumstances. Narcolepsy can cause serious disruptions in your daily routine.

Is narcolepsy genetic or environmental?

Narcolepsy probably results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, some of which have been identified, but many of which remain unknown.

Can narcolepsy be cured?

There is no cure for narcolepsy, but medications and lifestyle modifications can help you manage the symptoms.

Why do I dream immediately after falling asleep?

It is unusual for dreams to occur soon after falling asleep since the first cycle of REM sleep is usually around 90 minutes after falling asleep. They then occur at approximately 90 minute intervals during sleep and are most complex and prolonged in the later REM sleep episodes towards the end of the night.

Is narcolepsy a symptom of bipolar?

Clinicians have reported cases of narcolepsy with prominent hypnagogic hallucinations that were mistakenly diagnosed as schizophrenia. In some bipolar disorder patients with narcolepsy, the HH resulted in their receiving a more severe diagnosis (ie, bipolar disorder with psychotic features or schizoaffective disorder).

Can narcolepsy change your personality?

Children and adolescents with narcolepsy often present with changes in personality and behaviour, irritability or aggression, poor school performance and have significantly higher rates of depression.

Who suffers from narcolepsy?

Men and women are thought to be affected equally by narcolepsy, although some studies have suggested the condition may be more common in men. The symptoms of narcolepsy often begin during adolescence, although it’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40.

How fast do narcoleptics fall asleep?

Dreams occur during REM sleep, and the brain keeps muscles limp during this sleep stage, which prevents people from acting out their dreams. People with narcolepsy frequently enter REM sleep rapidly, within 15 minutes of falling asleep.