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Narcolepsy

Letter to a Caring Stranger

Margaux D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaux D.

Dear friend, You might be curious to know what my disease consists of. You're surely detached enough to listen to me calmly. I've met very few people who were able to listen to me. Maybe none. But you're here, with a fresh mind and a calm eye.

This Is How Terrifying Life With Narcolepsy Can Be

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Frustrated by just how difficult it was to explain her condition to others, a young woman decided to post a video on YouTube to show the world exactly...

What I Learned From Being Diagnosed With Narcolepsy

Julie Flygare | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Flygare

About six months later, I woke up one morning in the law school parking lot unsure of how I'd got there. I remembered leaving home, but couldn't recall arriving at school. I'd gotten 10 hours of sleep the night before. For the first time, I thought: Maybe I have a sleep problem.

'I'm Not Looking To Be Saved From Narcolepsy'

Julie Flygare | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Flygare

I'm not Wonder Woman, far from it. Narcolepsy challenges me daily. I take medication twice a day and twice a night, both of which cause unpleasant side-effects. And I still have sleep attacks and cataplexy every day.

Tweeting My Way Through Narcolepsy: Social Media & Chronic Illness

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Fuoco

I searched Twitter for "narcolepsy" and found what has since been the key to my coping process: a community.

The Rest They Need: The Role of the Parent in Pediatric Sleep

Sam Cross | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

One of the first challenges for a physician faced with a pediatric sleep problem is to identify who actually has the problem: the parent, the patient, or another family member. As most of us are aware, one person's sleep problem can produce symptoms for the whole house.

New Stanford Study Paves the Way to a Diagnostic Blood Test for Narcolepsy

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

By Dr. Emmanuel Mignot In a recently published paper, Alberto De la Herrán-Arita and colleagues closed the loop on the autoimmune basis of narcoleps...

This Sleep Condition Is Less Rare Than You'd Think

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Both of these studies offer compelling new information about the root causes and mechanisms of this very serious disorder. They also offer the promise of swifter and more accurate diagnoses, and of improvements to treatment.

Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise in Depression Treatment

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We still have much to learn about how both sleep disorders and depression influence on another. But recent scientific discoveries may have brought us to a turning point, where attention to sleep and treatment for sleep problems will begin to be regarded as part of the core treatment for depressive disorders.

Narcolepsy Is An Autoimmune Disorder, Study Confirms

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

A recent study confirms long-held suspicions that the sleep disorder narcolepsy -- a condition where a person feels uncontrollably sleepy during the d...

This Sleep Condition Sounds Too Crazy To Be True

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 01.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Many of those afflicted with sleep paralysis report the perceived presence of a human figure at the bedside, often described as dark, like a ghost or a shadow. Understandably, this experience in the middle of the night, as you come out of sleep, can be downright terrifying.

10 Things You Should Know About Narcolepsy

Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living

By Robert Rosenberg, DO In this day and age, there is no reason for people to go undiagnosed and untreated for narcolepsy. We need to increase no...

How Our Legal Advocacy Helps a Child, a Family, and the Community

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.26.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Children's Law Center measures success by looking at the improvements in the lives of each individual child we meet. When we help a child, we see the child's family get stronger as well.

'At 24, I Was Diagnosed With Narcolepsy'

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Adjusting to narcolepsy in law school wasn't easy. The treatments improved my symptoms but did not erase them. A few months after the diagnosis, I reached an all-time low, realizing narcolepsy was a serious illness I would face every day of my life. There was no cure.

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: An Ethical Conundrum

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This story illustrates the extraordinary potential that biological research has today to help individual patients. In 100 years, people will look at our time as the golden age of biology.

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: Discovering the Cause

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The occurrence of such a "sporadic case" with the same syndrome can mean two possible things. First, it is possible that the same disorder has several causes, some related to genetics and others not, explaining the two possible variants.

Investigating A Curious Narcolepsy Case

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Although this was clearly more than just narcolepsy, it was possible that the constellation of symptoms was due to a small genetic alteration that included both a narcolepsy-causing gene and a mitochondrial gene located close by on the same chromosome.

A High-Fat Diet Undermines Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Here's the flipside to the story about foods that can help you sleep better: Eating a diet heavily composed of the "wrong" foods can interfere with your sleep.

Narcolepsy: What We All Should Know

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Narcolepsy can be terribly challenging, and it's critical that both the public and professionals become better informed about its signs and symptoms.

Narcolepsy Remains Misunderstood and Underdiagnosed

Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D

It is not normal to constantly feel sleepy or have involuntary sleep attacks after a good night's rest. While some physicians have difficulty diagnosing narcolepsy, there are many institutions around the country that are capable of providing proper testing and treatment.

'Wipeout': Narcoleptic Falls Asleep On Course

Posted 07.11.2012 | TV

Narcolepsy is a real medical condition that causes people who suffer from it to fall quickly into REM sleep at inopportune times throughout the day. O...

8 Truly Bizarre Sleep Disorders

Oddee.com | Posted 03.28.2012 | Weird News

Sleep is supposed to be a peaceful time, but it's tough to relax for those who suffer from disorders like sexsomnia, in which the afflicted can have s...

Narcolepsy: Huffington Post Guide To Sleep Disorders

Seed | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living

Narcolepsy is a somewhat common sleep disorder that affects roughly 1 in 2,000 Americans. This sleep disorder usually begins in the early teens to mid...

Expert Tips For Battling Narcolepsy

Seed | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living

Narcolepsy is a somewhat common sleep disorder that affects roughly 1 in 2,000 Americans. Patients develop it between the ages of 15 and 25 and deal w...

Supreme Court To Decide If Narcoleptic Teacher At Church School Gets Disability Rights

AP | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether a teacher at a church-run school is a religious or secular worker when it comes to the Americ...