Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that affects the control one has over their sleep and wakefulness. This disorder is a serious problem that can cause physical harm, negatively affect relationships, and lower self-esteem. Simple, everyday jobs, such as cooking or bathing, can become dangerous. As a result, it can put a strain on work, school, and family. About 1 in 2,000 people are affected by narcolepsy. There is no cure for this condition as of yet, but there are ways to recognize symptoms of narcolepsy so that you can lead a much healthier and active life.
The most common and often the first symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness. EDS ( Excessive Daytime Sleepiness) is when a person repeatedly falls asleep during the day. This can have negative consequences in everyday life. Falling asleep at work or school can result in being misjudged as a lazy person. This, in turn, lowers the self-confidence of a person. Moreover, as a person tries hard not to fall asleep, they lose focus and cannot concentrate on any task.
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