Narcolepsy and Cataplexy – Making Lives Difficult

How are you supposed to cope when your sleep cycles are messed up? You may have already had some experience with this if you’ve been on a long flight across several time zones – it’s called jet lag and usually corrects itself in a few days. Even daylight saving can mess up your sleep cycles.

Imagine having this problem several times a day! That’s what a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy does to those unfortunate enough to have the disease. Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brains inability to regulate the appropriate times for being asleep and being awake.

Folks with narcolepsy experience sudden urges to sleep several times a day. If they succumb to this urge, they can actually fall asleep for periods lasting from a few seconds to several minutes.

Any connction between the Swine Flu vaccination and narcolepsy?

This is a touchy subject with the pro vaccination people and most doctors totally against the concept that the swine flu jab has had any impact on the onset of narcolepsy. The flu vaccination called Pandemrix had it’s doubters from the start. Was Pandemrix responsible for causing narcolepsy in some people? Read more about it here…

McGarr Solicitors – Dublin Solicitors Ireland | Narcolepsy: Ireland


Several studies, including one Irish study, have associated an influenza vaccination, Pandemrix, with unusual cases of narcolepsy. These are statistical studies; the causes of narcolepsy are obscure, but they include infections

Narcolepsy currently affects about 1 in every 2,000 Americans and tends to affect more males than females. Even animals can suffer from this sleep disorder which often goes undiagnosed. Below is an article written by a student of Neuroscience which describes this condition very well and yes also has an interesting video of a narcoleptic dog…

Gaines, on Brains: Narcolepsy: more than just falling asleep on the job


America is a sleepy country—but narcolepsy takes it to a whole new level. Imagine feelings of exhaustion at all times, accompanied by inappropriate sleep attacks. Sure, falling asleep on the job is embarrassing and

Symptoms of narcolepsy

Cataplexy can be a symptom of narcolepsy, in which the body’s supporting muscles completely relax and fail to support the body causing the subject to collapse. Other symptoms are extreme drowsiness during the day which can be extremely debilitating, espeically for those trying to hold down a job.

Narcoleptics can also suffer hallucinations which can be extremely vivid and frightening. Although these have been labeled delusional, there is absolutely no connection between narcolepsy and mental illness. Sleep paralysis is another symptom of narcolepsy and can occur at sleep onset or when awakening. Fortunately they don’t last long in most cases.

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