Narcolepsy is a neurological condition where your brain can’t properly regulate sleep and waking patterns. It may be caused by low levels of hypocretin, an autoimmune response, or brain injury due to trauma, brain tumor, or diseases like multiple sclerosis. Hormonal changes, certain infections, environmental toxins, psychological stress, and an abrupt change in sleep patterns may also trigger this condition. Narcolepsy is also linked to genetic factors and family history.
If you have narcolepsy, your brain has trouble controlling your sleep-wake cycles. So at night, you may have vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, or hallucinations. During the day, this leads to drowsiness, exhaustion, and a foggy brain. You may suddenly fall asleep for a few seconds and remember nothing when you wake up. Or your muscles may suddenly go limp. While there's no cure, it can be managed with a proper sleep routine and yoga.
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