To understand narcolepsy you first must understand the normal sleep cycles. When a person without narcolepsy falls into sleep they initially enter a light stage of sleep and then slowly drift into a deeper sleep stage. Both of these stages are called non-REM (rapid eye movement). REM sleep is the part of sleep that we dream during. REM sleep occurs about 90 minutes after non-REM sleep. Throughout a normal sleep cycle you would alter between stages of REM and non-REM sleep.
A sleep cycle for someone who has narcolepsy starts immediately with REM sleep. People who have narcolepsy experience fatigue and tiredness throughout their days and it does not matter how much they slept the night before. This is because this disorder disrupts the normal wake patterns and people very rarely get a full night sleep. Narcolepsy causes micro-naps. Micro-naps are sudden burst of sleep where people will literally fall asleep while doing various activities throughout their day.
Narcolepsy has three symptoms that differ with every case. These other symptoms are called cataplexy, hynogogic hallucinations, and sleep paral...
... middle of paper ...
...cing sleep. When treating narcolepsy doctors prescribe stimulants to improve alertness and diminish excessive daytime sleepiness. Antidepressants are also prescribed for this disorder because people with this disorder tend to get depressed. People with narcolepsy try to avoid going out in public or doing normal activities because they never know when they might just randomly fall asleep.
"About Narcolepsy « Narcolepsy Network." Narcolepsy Network. Web. 17 June 2010.
"Narcolepsy and Sleep | National Sleep Foundation - Information on Sleep Health and Safety." National Sleep Foundation - Information on Sleep Health and Safety | Information on Sleep Health and Safety. Web. 17 June 2010.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- American Education System Fails to Address Brain Complexity The American education system is flawed in recognizing the specific learning needs adolescents have due to the complexity of their brains. To both obtain and retain information, children and teens need a sufficient amount of sleep. With the existing early-arrival policies, it would seem most are not getting enough. Males and females (whether young or old) learn and comprehend information in different ways, based on specific variations in their brains, and these needs are not accommodated in the typical class room.... [tags: Adolescent Learning, Flaws]
511 words (1.5 pages)
- Holden and the Complexity of Adult Life What was wrong with Holden, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D.Salinger, was his moral revulsion against anything that was ugly, evil, cruel, or what he called "phoney" and his acute responsiveness to beauty and innocence, especially the innocence of the very young, in whom he saw reflected his own lost childhood. There is something wrong or lacking in the novels of despair and frustration of many writers. The sour note of bitterness and the recurring theme of sadism have become almost a convention, never thoroughly explained by the author's dependence on a psychoanalytical interpretation of a major character.... [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
1175 words (3.4 pages)
- Insomnia can be defined as a purpose or apparent complexity in falling and staying asleep. Dissimilarities in variables used for measurement sleep-onset time, time asleep, and time awake by some, sleepiness, irritability, or other impairment of daytime function by others, make difficult comparisons between studies. The insomnia treatments for which there is confirmation of efficacy include sleep restriction, in which the patient is instructed to remain in bed only as long as he is actually sleeping, stimulus control no activities in the bedroom except sleep and sex, and a variety of relaxation methods, particularly in the circumstance of multimodal sleep clinics (Rowe, 1995).... [tags: Health, Sleeping Medication]
2497 words (7.1 pages)
- Our awareness of the complexity of sleep expanded in 1953 with the discovery of rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep by Aserinsky and Kleitman. Sleep was no longer considered a homogenous state, but rather a dynamic process of cycling between two distinct states, non-REM and REM sleep. Under normal circumstances the boundaries between non-REM, REM and wakefulness are well declared. Dissociative sleep disorders involve a breakdown of these boundaries (Mahowald and Schenck 1992), and provide a unique window on the neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for each state.... [tags: Neurology Sleeping Papers]
3525 words (10.1 pages)
- For centuries, fairy tales have been passed down from generation to generation. Stories that told morals and lessons, princes rescuing the damsel in distress, magic, created imagination, and good versus evil. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, and the Little Mermaid all have these five characteristics in their own personal stories, but are just told differently. In Sleeping Beauty, which the earliest known version was first composed around 1330 and 1344 and first printed in 1528, a beautiful princess has a curse put on her and only a prince can break the spell.... [tags: Fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, Brothers Grimm]
1850 words (5.3 pages)
- The story of Sleeping Beauty has been told and retold many times over the past few hundred years. The classic fairytale originally called “Briar Rose” was documented by the Grimm Brothers in their collection of german folk and fairytales, called Children 's and Household Tales. Sleeping Beauty was first published by the Grimm Brothers in 1812 and it found the spotlight once more when Disney Studios retold it in 1959 but modern audiences have been falling out of love with traditional fairy tales and in love with obscure retellings, often called “fractured fairy-tales”.... [tags: Fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, Brothers Grimm]
1357 words (3.9 pages)
- Imagine you just had a baby and you are taking him/her home today. It comes to bed time; would you have your child sleep with you in the bed or in a crib. Co-sleeping is an important decision when it comes to parenting. Co-sleeping is when a baby, from birth to age two, sleeps with their parents in the same bed. It is also a big discussion if co-sleeping is a good idea or not. Many people have different opinions. I have a couple of sources that look at both sides of the issue. Three of the sources are blogs.... [tags: Sleep, Sudden infant death syndrome, Co-sleeping]
1155 words (3.3 pages)
- Children’s literature is very influential part of a child’s early life. Stories told to children, while sometimes involving make believe, fantastical creatures, and things that do not exist in real life, teach morals to young children that will shape their beliefs and values in their lives. Fairy tales are one of the many influential types of children’s literature. Many tales are revised or retold to teach different morals to the younger generation (Joosen 129). By addressing the differing modernist views that people have today, “There Was Once” changes the way that fairy tales like “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” were viewed as educational items for young children to assist in the teachin... [tags: Fairy tale, Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty]
1337 words (3.8 pages)
- In many classic stories, youth often equates to beauty; as old age does to a scornful, maybe even evil person. A well known example of this being the differences between Princess aurora (also known as Briar-Rose) and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. I watched Sleeping Beauty as child over 10 years ago, and I saw Maleficent about 2 years ago when it came to theaters. When I first viewed these two Disney versions of the story, I never knew the original version of “Sleeping Beauty.” When I watched Maleficent I wanted to believe that was closer to the original story because it was more engaging and it was not about a set in stone princess and villain.... [tags: Fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, Love]
1417 words (4 pages)
- Sleeping and Dreaming Despite the large amount of time we spend asleep, surprisingly little is actually known about sleeping and dreaming. Much has been imagined, however. Over history, sleep has been conceived as the space of the soul, as a state of absence akin to death, as a virtual or alternate reality, and more recently, as a form of (sub)consciousness in which memories are built and erased. The significance attributed to dreams has varied widely as well. The Ancient Greeks had surprise dream encounters with their gods.... [tags: Psychology Sleeping Dreams Essays]
4847 words (13.8 pages)