Is it hereditary?

Narcolepsy patients do not fit any specific profile. The disorder is found in all types of people around the world. Males and females, have it in equal numbers. Although there is a genetic component to narcolepsy, most narcolepsy patients have no known relative with the disorder. Research has found that …

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic (lifelong) neurological (brain-related) condition. Excessive daytime sleepiness is its most common symptom. If you have narcolepsy, you do not need more sleep than other people. Rather, you are not able to maintain normal sleep and wake states. The resulting irregular sleep patterns can make you extra …

Do you have it?

Are you often very sleepy during the day? Do you sometimes fall asleep by accident? Is your nighttime sleep disrupted or not restful? Do you wake feeling unrefreshed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have narcolepsy, a sleep-wake disorder that can affect you 24 hours …

The role of the school nurse

School nurses are pivotal to a successful school program designed to identify students with uncontrollable sleepiness and ensure they are properly evaluated. School nurses are needed to educate teachers, psychologists, special education personnel and other school administrators about narcolepsy and its effect on a student’s ability to learn. Individualized accommodations …