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Narcolepsy, not what you see in movies

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Narcolepsy is a chemical imbalance in the brain that can make someone fall asleep when it's inappropriate. Movies can make it look funny, but it's a debilitating condition that can affect jobs and relationships.

Dr. Chris Rose, a sleep expert at Covenant, says although some symptoms are more obvious, causing dramatic problems like sleep paralysis and hallucinations, many people don't know they have narcolepsy because the clues can be much more subtle.

Dr. Rose explains, "Some people have difficulty sleeping at night. They're sleeping during the day so they have a hard time sleeping at night. Their night is fragmented so they may go to sleep, then two hours later, wake up again, then back to sleep. Some of the medicines we use actually target that."

Narcolepsy affects about 200,000 people in this country. Dr. Rose says the average age of onset is 12 years old, but the average age of diagnosis is not until 23.

It's estimated that only about 25 percent of the people suffering from Narcolepsy have actually been diagnosed. That is tragic because there are treatments available to help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

This is Sleep Awareness Week leading up to Narcolepsy Awareness Day on Saturday.

If you think you or someone you know has a sleep problem, or perhaps narcolepsy, watch the interview with Dr. Rose. He'll explain this t-shirt: 10 things you didn't know about narcolepsy.

He suggests that people with sleep trouble should seek out a medical doctor who is a Board Certified Sleep Specialist.

He says there are five here in Lubbock:

  • Dr. Chris Rose – 791-3999
  • Dr. Marque Hunter – 791-8484
  • Dr. C.J. Wheeler – 793-8447
  • Dr. Anne Epstein – 793-1939
  • Dr. Bhupesh Dihenia – 722-3500

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