Because sleep is a critical component of all patients’ overall health, living with a sleep disorder can be not only uncomfortable and disruptive but also dangerous if left unmanaged. While there are many different types of sleep disorders, each presents a unique and specific set of symptoms and complications. If you have trouble sleeping, schedule an appointment with your medical doctor for an evaluation and diagnosis. In the video below, learn more about one type of sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.
By basic definition, narcolepsy is a dysfunction of the sleep center that causes spells of fatigue even after a full night’s sleep. As a result, those with the disorder can feel constantly sleepy and suffer from sleep attacks. Narcolepsy can present with or without cataplexy, a form of sleep attack that can occur when a patient loses muscle tone from, for examples, laughing or feeling anger. These attacks can cause a patient to collapse and often look like fainting or a seizure. While narcolepsy is not always accompanied by cataplexy, if you experience cataplexy, you do have narcolepsy and should seek the appropriate treatment.
If you believe that you may be suffering from narcolepsy or another type of sleep disorder, contact Memorial Clinical Associates today. Our sleep studies can help to pinpoint the cause of your poor sleep and help you get the rest you need. Visit our clinic in the heart of Houston’s Memorial communities, or call us today at (713) 407-3067 to schedule an appointment.