Based on your symptoms, clinical history, and physical examination, if your doctor suspects narcolepsy, you will be referred to a center specializing in sleep disorders, where you will undergo an exhaustive sleep analysis to confirm the diagnosis and determine the degree of the disorder, which may include tests such as:
- Epworth sleepiness scale: with this questionnaire, it is possible to establish your level of sleepiness and create a clinical sleep history.
- Sleep patterns: your sleep pattern is determined through a record of your sleeping habits.
- Polysomnography: through electrodes placed on your head, specialists measure the respiratory process, and the electrical activities of the brain, heart, eyes, and muscles overnight.
- Multiple sleep test: measures the time it takes to fall asleep during several daytime naps, if it takes very little time and you also quickly enter the REM phase, it is an important indicator of narcolepsy.
Being a chronic and incurable disease, there is no specific treatment for narcolepsy, but it is possible to control the symptoms through drugs and adopt healthy habits to improve your quality of life. Drugs used to treat narcolepsy:
- Serotonin inhibitors.
At the Neurological Center, a select group of highly trained and certified doctors in the various neurological specialties are ready to assist you with the quality and warmth that characterizes us. Our mission is to provide you with comprehensive and multidisciplinary care programs for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of nervous system diseases, always focusing our activities on your safety.