Narcolepsy is one of the many sleep disorders that affect the lives of millions of Americans. People who have narcolepsy are chronically sleepy during the day and have sudden periods of sleep regardless of what they are doing. It is very difficult for people with narcolepsy to stay awake for long periods of time, which can negatively impact one’s work and home life. It can also make operating vehicles and other tasks very dangerous.
People with the condition may abuse substances to attempt to manage their disorder, which can make diagnosis and treatment even more complicated. If you or a loved one have narcolepsy, you are not alone. Care is available to help treat symptoms and co-occurring disorders.
Assessing Your Risk of Narcolepsy
Do you think you or your loved one could have narcolepsy? A self-assessment can help you get some answers. Only a medical professional can officially diagnose narcolepsy, so a quiz is not a diagnosis. An assessment may help you evaluate symptoms and determine your next course of action.