Do I have Narcolepsy?

I have been having some trouble staying awake at work, for some reason, I feel very sleepy at around ~1-4 PM (the time I feel sleepy varies at those times). I try to stay awake by drinking coffee, but it doesn't really help. When I want to sleep, I literally have to close my eyes, otherwise, it gets really hard to concentrate on my work. I exercise regularly and I sleep at 11 PM and wake up at 7:30-8:00 AM everyday. Do you think I have narcolepsy?

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  • What medication are you on?

  • I actually am not taking any medication!

  • If you have sleep aphnea, common with rls, during nights it can be difficult to stay awake daytime.

  • Hmmm...I don't know if I have sleep apnea, but my father has sleep apnea, would that affect me as well? I read some information on sleep apnea via webMD, it feels like the symptoms doesn't apply to me.

  • Just a thought - have you had a diabetic test recently? Those symptoms are pretty typical.

    Good luck.

  • Yes...I'm negative (thankfully)!

  • If taking meds for your RLS, then that could be the reason. Most have a drowsy affect the next day. You may also be suffering with PLMD, periodic limb movement disorder, that condition happens during sleep at night, and even tho you may have slept well, you will feel as if you have been awake all night, as the brain is active when you are kicking in your sleep.

  • Hello I am not taking any meds currently. Hmm...I don't know if I am kicking in my sleep....

  • So, do you have RLS...?? as you have said you dont take any meds. If you have a partner they would know if you were kicking in your sleep, because you could be keeping them awake. Maybe its best if you ask your doctor, we can only try to guess what is causing you to feel so sleepy

  • Sorry mulanhua, I only asked because I am on Neupro Patches and I am sure it makes me have some sort of Narcoplexy

  • Its ok :). You were only trying to help me :) Thanks for asking!

  • Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea. The way to test for this is for a specilaist, my chest specialised set the test up, to prescribe an overnight oxygen monitor. This is just a device on your finger, that records your oxygen levels and any episodes where you stop breathing which is a factor with sleep apnea. They will be looking for episodes where you stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer and how often this happens. Common factors for sleep apnea are snoring and being very tired the following day and often with wake up headaches.

    Weight and smoking can also exacerbate the problem, not saying that you are overweight or smoke :-) but it could be a consideration.

    I would advice you see your GP to discuss this and ask for a specialist referral to check it out as you may need a CPAP unit to remedy the sleep apnea.

    I hope this helps :-)

  • Maybe or could be the RLS is exhausting you. Hope you can find some answers sweetheart!!! xxx Mitzi

  • I went and am still going through the same thing and it scared the heck out of friends and family because i would drop off in mid sentence or at my computer. Anywhere and everywhere. It turns out to be severe augmentation to the medication for RLS. Hope this helps and good luck for the future

  • Just to let everyone know who has or might post on this thread. The person who asked the question has now gone from the forum...

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