YOUR FIRST STEPS AFTER A NARCOLEPSY DIAGNOSIS
If you have been diagnosed with narcolepsy, it is natural to feel a little overwhelmed and anxious. Fortunately, help is available from a number of different sources, from medications to support groups. This advice will help you decide what steps to take after your diagnosis.
Arm Yourself with Knowledge
First, do everything you can to learn about your condition. Facts will help you make important decisions about your treatment. Also, they can prevent you from worrying about aspects of narcolepsy that are based on misunderstandings and misinformation. The sleep disorder clinic that diagnosed your narcolepsy can be a good source of information, as can your doctor. Next, look for support groups in your area, and look for reliable resources online. When you browse the internet for information about narcolepsy, make sure you are choosing reputable sources. Always verify any facts you do find with your doctor.
Develop a Routine
Sleep routines can be quite helpful when you have narcolepsy. Over time, you may find sticking to your sleep routine helps you avoid episodes of daytime sleepiness. Your first step should be to pick a time to go to bed and get up each morning, and stick closely to it. As you try different schedules, decide which bedtime and wake time make you feel the best. Determine how much sleep you need in the evenings to reduce occurrences of daytime sleepiness and decreased alertness. You’ll feel much more in control of your symptoms when you figure out what works best for you.
Spread the Word
No matter what, there are some parts of narcolepsy that can’t be completely controlled. For your safety, it is important for the people in your life to know. Work with your school or employer on ways to manage your symptoms. Possible solutions include standing during meetings or taking walks throughout the day. Keep in mind that the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents discrimination against people with narcolepsy. You are within your rights to expect reasonable accommodations.
Sleep Dynamics can help you find the source of your sleeping issues. If you receive a narcolepsy diagnosis, we’ll get you the help you need. Call us today at (848) 217-0240 for more information.