Are you Struggling with Narcolepsy?
There is a large body of evidence from clinical research trials that show CBT Therapy is a highly effective method for sleeping disorders including Narcolepsy.
What is a Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a rare long-term brain condition that causes a person to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times.
Narcolepsy is often caused by a lack of the brain chemical hypocretin (also known as orexin), which regulates wakefulness.
The lack of hypocretin is thought to be caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the cells that produce it or the receptors that allow it to work.
When to seek treatment
Are you looking for a therapist?
What you need to know
The brain is unable to regulate sleeping and waking patterns normally, which can result in:
Excessive daytime sleepiness – feeling very drowsy throughout the day and finding it difficult to concentrate and stay awake
Sleep attacks – falling asleep suddenly and without warning
Cataplexy – temporary loss of muscle control resulting in weakness and possible collapse, often in response to emotions such as laughter and anger
Sleep paralysis – a temporary inability to move or speak when waking up or falling asleep
Excessive dreaming and waking in the night – dreams often come as you fall asleep (hypnogogic hallucinations) or just before or during waking (hypnopompic hallucinations)
Narcolepsy does not cause serious or long-term physical health problems, but it can have a significant impact on daily life and be difficult to cope with emotionally.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a way of helping people to cope with stress and emotional problems. It helps us to look at the connections between how we think, how we feel and how we behave. It particularly concentrates on ideas that are unrealistic. These often undermine our self-confidence and make us feel depressed or anxious. Looking at these unrealistic ideas can help us work out different ways of thinking and behaving that in turn will help us cope better. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how problems from the past are maintained in the “here and now”. It helps people to learn new methods of coping and problem-solving, which they can use for the rest of their lives.