Everyone has been there: the eyelids are drooping, the head is bobbing up and down softly and repetitively as the tired person drops in and out of sleep. At each dropping of the head, some unconscious reflex jerks the head upright again. It’s as if the person in question is guilty of sleeping somewhere and they know they shouldn’t be doing so. This is all fine and normal behavior, especially after a long night. However, one might wonder if they’re napping too often, or if that napping habit could spell serious trouble. It’s when one’s napping becomes unpredictable that it’s time to worry – the habit could be a sign of narcolepsy.
As you might imagine, narcolepsy has incredibly dangerous implications for its sufferers. Dozing off at unpredictable times is unsafe at almost any point in the day. Whether operating a vehicle or riding a bike down a hill, there are few times in the typical day where it is actually safe to fall asleep at random. Neurologists, which are some of the highest paying jobs, can help treat Narcolepsy.
Getting the problem fixed is important. It is the way to advance all aspects of one’s life. Sleep medicine specialists or neurologists are the ones to talk to about getting this problem fixed and returning to normal functioning. With their experience and training, they have the best chances of helping you deal with the issue. Otherwise, try to find a clinician willing to expend the time and energy in helping you deal with this area, even though it may be out of the realm of their expertise.