Narcolepsy is a condition that can cause an uncontrollable desire for sleep during the day, sudden sleep attacks, sleep paralysis when falling asleep or waking up, hallucinations, and sometimes the sudden loss of muscle control (cataplexy). Although there is no cure for narcolepsy, a combination of treatments can help control symptoms and allow people with narcolepsy to enjoy normal activities.
What you should know about narcolepsy
- The most common symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness. Some patients experience this symptom for years before being properly diagnosed.
- A sleep study may be performed to diagnose narcolepsy or to rule out other sleep disorders. Sleep studies are done at specialized sleep centers where body functions can be monitored while the patient sleeps.
Why choose Geisinger for your narcolepsy treatment?
- We offer quick scheduling of diagnostic sleep studies in our specially designed sleep centers so you can get the diagnosis you need as soon as possible.
- Our sleep centers have round-the-clock scheduling options for shift workers so they can be tested during their normal sleeping times.
- Our collaborative sleep team includes sleep specialists and specialty physicians in pulmonology, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and dentistry.
Our sleep specialists understand the significant impact narcolepsy can have on daily activities. Narcolepsy can be treated with:
- Lifestyle changes