What can I do to help control my narcolepsy?

The following are tips to help control narcolepsy:

  • Make sure you get enough sleep at night. Eight hours is right for most people.
  • Have a regular time for getting to sleep and waking up and stick with it seven days a week.
  • It may be very helpful to have rest periods or brief naps during the times of day when sleepiness usually occurs.
  • Since strong emotion may provoke symptoms, learn skills for dealing with strong emotions.
  • Avoid a heavy meal before any important event since a heavy meal may provoke a sleep attack.
  • Get some exercise most days, in the morning or afternoon.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Many people benefit from support groups that focus on coping skills and finding community resources.
  • If you think you may have narcolepsy, go to an accredited sleep disorder center so you can be properly diagnosed and get good treatment recommendations.

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