Sleeping Disorders

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Lets talk about NARCOLOSY


What is it ?

  • Where people frequently feel sleepy during the day
  • Experience sudden inexplicable urges to sleep otherwise known as sleep “attacks”
  • May fall asleep suddenly anywhere and anytime


Symptoms

  • Cataplexy (loss of muscle control)
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Nighttime wakefulness
  • Rapid entry into REM sleep

Causes ?
  • The cause of narcolepsy is not known
  • However, research has been able to identify genes strongly associated with the disorder.
  • These genes control the production of chemicals in the brain that may signal sleep and awake cycles.
  • Some scientists think narcolepsy may be because of a deficiency in the production of a chemical called hypocretin
  • Researchers have also discovered abnormalities in the part of the brain that regulates REM sleep

Treatment
  • No cure for narcolepsy
  • However drug treatment is used to lessen symtoms
  • Sleepiness is treated with amphetamine-like stimulants.
  • Symptoms related to abnormal REM sleep are treated with antidepressant drugs.
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Sleepy Man : Dee Daud - National Geographic Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy Stories

Kendra Larbee

Micki larrbee, describes how harshly her daughter Kendras’s life was affected after she was diagnosed with narcolepsy. She talks about when she realized Kendra would “ never have her “old” self back again” and the challenges Kendra faced with her education, and mental health.

Narcolepsy Gallery

April 21st 2015

Sleeping Beauty Disorder ?

What is it ?

  • Sleeping beauty disorder formally known as Kleine-Levin Syndrome(KLS) is a rare, neurological sleeping disorder
  • Can be characterized by “recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleep, altered behavior and a reduced understanding of the world”

Symptoms (when awake) :
  • Irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of emotions
  • May also appear confused (disoriented)
  • Experience hallucinations

Causes
  • The exact cause of Kleine-Levin syndrome is not known.
  • However researchers have found that hereditary factors may cause some individuals to have a higher chance of developing the disorder
  • May be related to malfunction of the hypothalamus (portion of the brain that helps to regulate functions such as sleep, appetite, and body temperature)

Treatment
  • There is no treatment for KLS
  • Though some studies have shown that some patients grow out of it ( stop experiencing symptoms)
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Alanna Wong featured on Anderson Cooper speaks about Kleine Levin Syndrome (KLS)

KLS stories

Kaitlyn Terrana

Kaitlyn Terrana was diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Sydrome(KLS) around her 15th birthday. In this article she describes the challenges she goes through on a daily basis and how she deals with KLS.

Lily Clarke

Lilly Clarke went years without a proper diagnosis of this disorder. In this article she talks about the challenges she faced mainly around not knowing what was wrong with her and the affects that KLS has on her education and social life.

KLS Gallery