Tips for Living With Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy Shouldn’t Stop You From Living Your Life
Living with narcolepsy is difficult, and finding ways to manage your excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) or cataplexy can be a challenge.
Tips From Others Living With Narcolepsy
Hear other people living with narcolepsy share their tips for managing day to day with narcolepsy.
Managing day to day
Keep a journal or diary
Tracking your symptoms and sleep patterns can help you and your healthcare provider better understand your narcolepsy.
Maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule
Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
Take short naps during the day
Brief morning or afternoon naps (about 15 minutes) may help you feel less sleepy later in the day.
Avoid caffeine in the evening
Avoid coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages, especially in the evening.
Alcoholic drinks can interfere with normal sleep patterns.
Practice mindfulness by focusing on the present or joining a wellness program.
Keep these tips handy. Save them to refer back to later.
This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider. Always talk to your healthcare provider about any symptoms you may be feeling.