Coping Narcolepsy with Lifestyle
There is currently no cure for narcolepsy, so the focus must be on treating the symptoms. Here are some lifestyle suggestions for coping narcolepsy:
- Avoid alcohol and sugar. They may seem stimulating initially, but will only make you tired later.
- Exercise daily to improve circulation and oxygenate tissues.
- Napping can rejuvenate you when you have lost sleep. Take up to a 45-minute nap in the early afternoon.
- Make sure your home and workplace are well lit, either by natural sunlight or overhead lighting. Light suppresses the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that produces drowsiness. Full-spectrum light bulbs are best. 1
- Avoid stressful situations; and, when you feel tired, stop and rest.
- Retire early at night even though you do not seem to be fatigued. Just lay there and rest. Maintain strict regularity in your hours for rest. Never stay up late at night. 2
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1 Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; Prescription for Nutritional Healing, p. 591
2 Vance Ferrell, and Harold M. Cherne, MD; Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, p. 450