Living & Coping with Narcolepsy

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If you suffer from Narcolepsy, whilst you should not be prevented from living a life as normal as possible, it would be a good idea to assess situations you find yourself in and plan ahead incase of an attack. For example, if you are preparing food in the kitchen there are possible hazards involving kitchen utensils, hot rings, grills and so forth. If you are experiencing attacks on and off during that particular day, it would be advisable to ensure someone is with you when you are in a potential accident-prone situation or even just if an attack is likely.

Equally, if you do feel as though an attack is coming on, or there are certain points during the day that you have noticed the attacks are more likely, then have a nap before the attack comes on as research has shown that this may prevent the attack from actually happening. It is also important to ensure that if you are going to be on your own for periods of time, in your own home, at work etc, that you make this area as safe as possible should you have an attack. For example, put any glass objects out of reach so if you do collapse, or move suddenly they won’t smash and cause you injury. Perhaps move coffee tables and other hard furniture to ensure that if you do suddenly have an attack then you are not at risk of falling onto them.

It is very important that your family, friends and co-workers are aware of your disorder and know what to do should you have an attack. Do not be ashamed of your condition, and accept the help of family and friends, for your own wellbeing. If you are having a bad period of attacks, you may be able to rely on family and friends to look after you and guarantee your safety. Further, it is important that you take your medicine to schedule.

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