Working with Schools

Introduction Children with rare or undiagnosed conditions – such as narcolepsy – are members of neighborhood schools across the country. School can, and should, be a great place for everyone, including those with unique medical conditions, to...

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Students with Narcolepsy

A guide for educators and parents with Essential information for all: School Nurses, School Administrators, Special Education Teams, Parents, Teachers, Students Narcolepsy Symptoms Narcolepsy is caused by the loss of brain cells that produce...

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Narcolepsy Diagnosis

In Kenya, diagnosis is normally done by undergoing Electroencephalography (EEG) which monitors brain waves, a specialist will analyse your test results to determine whether you have normal brain wave activity, breathing patterns, and muscle and...

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Narcolepsy Treatment

Narcolepsy has no cure The goal is to decrease EDS and reduce occurrences of cataplexy using minimal medication, EDS and cataplexy must be treated separately. Traditionally, central nervous system stimulants (i.e., Ritalin, Dexedrine, etc.) have...

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Sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis occurs in about 60 percent of narcolepsy patient. It usually occurs when the patient is falling asleep or waking up. The person is conscious but move or speak, Episodes can last a few seconds or several minutes. They can cause...

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Automatic behavior

Automatic behavior involves patients seeming to “falling asleep” while they are awake. They may perform routine tasks and not remember them afterward. They may also jump from topic to topic while speaking, or suddenly stop talking in...

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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...

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Why it is a problem

Many people don’t understand narcolepsy. Some may think your sleepiness is due to laziness or lack of attention. Others may think falling asleep during the day is not a big problem. But Narcolepsy is a serious medical disorder that can...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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