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With narcolepsy, disrupted sleep-wake cycles can mean a disrupted life

Narcolepsy affects life all hours of every day, which means you’re planning around it and managing it all day and all night.

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You’re tired when you want to be awake, and you may be awake when you want to be asleep

The disruption to your life is constant. During the day, excessive daytime sleepiness or cataplexy can mean you miss out on work, school, and time with family and friends. During the night, disturbed sleep can mean you miss out on the continuous sleep that helps you feel refreshed.

More natural sleep patterns may help people with narcolepsy

Prioritizing more natural sleep patterns is important. Lifestyle changes and talking to your doctor about your sleep and your symptoms may help. Keeping a sleep diary allows you to have a more detailed discussion with your doctor about your sleep patterns.

Managing narcolepsy is complicated, involving both medicines and lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle changes for better sleep patterns*

*Sleep tips based on information from Sleep Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and at a comfortable temperature. The ideal temperature for sleep is about 65°F.

Try planning naps prior to events or important parts of the day that require being alert to help manage daytime sleepiness.

Avoid eating large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime. Try eating at least 2 hours before going to bed.

Stay active. Exercise can contribute to more sound and restful sleep.

Track your sleep and your symptoms

This can help your doctor get a realistic idea of your sleep patterns over time. Our sleep diary may be helpful when talking to your doctor about your symptoms and making decisions related to your sleep health.

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