How is Narcolepsy Diagnosed
Narcolepsy can often be either mis- or undiagnosed. Individual with narcolepsy commonly wait to consult a doctor because the most common symptom is unnecessary daytime sleepiness, a symptom that could be analytic of several conditions. Furthermore, narcolepsy symptoms are often falsely attributed to other sleep disorders or medical conditions such as depression or epilepsy.
As the only unique symptom of narcolepsy is cataplexy unexpected loss of muscle control, diagnosis of the condition can take a long term. If you believe you have narcolepsy, be sure to talk with your doctor about all of the symptoms you are experiencing.
Formal diagnosis may require a sleep study and some tests may be needed to diagnose your narcolepsy.
Many sleep latency tests determine how long it takes you to fall asleep during the day. You will need to take four to five naps, two hours apart.
The Epworth sleepiness scale is a simple questionnaire. It asks how likely you are to sleep in different conditions.
ActiGraph monitoring keeps track of how and when you fall asleep. This device is worn like a wristwatch and may be used together with a sleep diary.
Narcolepsy has no cure. It’s a chronic condition that lasts a lifetime. The goal of Narcolepsy Alternative Treatment is to control symptoms and improve daytime functioning. Stimulants, lifestyle change, and avoidance of unsafe activities are all used to treat this disorder. There are some categories of medications used to treat narcolepsy.