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Narcolepsy

At Midwest Chest Consultants in St. Charles, Missouri, we diagnose and treat many patients who have a sleep disorder known as narcolepsy. We can accurately diagnose narcolepsy and cataplexy using state-of-the-art polysomnographic tests and the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). Then we can effectively treat them using today’s most effective therapies. And you’ll be happy to know that we pride ourselves on providing friendly, patient-first care.

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes people to fall asleep at inappropriate times for a few seconds – or for up to 30 minutes. These people suffer sleep “attacks” in the course of their normal daily activities, even after a full night’s sleep. Narcoleptics may suddenly fall asleep while talking, walking, eating, driving, or working.

Poor quality of sleep is frequently seen in narcoleptics and may require treatment to consolidate sleep at night, resulting in an improvement in daytime alertness. However, narcolepsy may also be genetic. The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 12% of narcoleptics have a close relative with the disorder.

The symptoms of narcolepsy can include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Cataplexy (sudden, brief losses of muscle control)
  • Sleep paralysis (the inability to move when waking up or falling asleep)
  • Hypnagogic hallucinations (vivid dreams that are difficult to distinguish from reality)

Do You Suffer from Narcolepsy? We Can Help.

Midwest Chest Consultants provides the exceptional care you can trust to put your sleep disorder to rest. In addition to being the only accredited sleep center in St. Charles, MO, all care is directed by our highly experienced sleep physicians.

If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of narcolepsy, call (636) 946-1650 and schedule your consultation today. You can also request an appointment online.