Narcolepsy Treatment

Lifestyle Changes as Part of Narcolepsy Treatment

In addition to medicines, an important part of narcolepsy treatment is scheduling short naps (10 to 15 minutes) two to three times per day to help control excessive daytime sleepiness and help the person stay as alert as possible. Daytime naps are not a replacement for nighttime sleep.
Improving the quality of nighttime sleep can also combat excessive daytime sleepiness and help relieve persistent feelings of fatigue. Among the most important commonsense measures people with this condition can take to enhance sleep quality are actions such as maintaining a regular sleep schedule and avoiding alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages before bedtime.
(Click Coping with Narcolepsy for more information about improving the quality of nighttime sleep.)

Final Thoughts

Ongoing communication among the physician, the person with narcolepsy, and the person's family members about the response to narcolepsy treatment is necessary to achieve and maintain the best control over symptoms.

Narcolepsy Information

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