Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder in which the sufferer experiences the overwhelming desire to sleep during the day. Attacks may be fleeting, lasting a few seconds, or prolonged, over an hour; in which case they can be disabling for working people.
The energizing phase of sleep indicated by rapid eye movements (REM) is transferred to the daytime. This may be confirmed by EEG recording.
There may be an inherited component.
Signs & Symptoms
Structure & Function: Amino Acids
Amino Acid Complex (Free Form)* Calcium 2,000 mg Choline 300 mg CoQ10* EPO* Magnesium 400 mg Octacosanol 100 mg Vitamin B Complex 150 mg Vitamin C 4,000 mg Vitamin D 400 IU Vitamin E 500 IU
*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
Foods rich in Tyrosine may be recommended, except if the person is taking an MAO inhibitor drug. These include eggs, oats, poultry and wheat germ.
It may be prudent not to eat large, heavy meals, which tend to have a soporific effect.
Description Remedy Drowsiness Magnesia phosphorica
Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).
This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.
Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.
Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.
Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.
Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.
If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.
Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.
Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.
Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.
Nat. Sulf. drowsiness, sleepiness, brownish-green coated tongue;
Ephedra (Ma Huang)
St. John's wort
Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
On the other hand, it may be necessary to avoid other herbs with a sedative action. This list is derived from Newall:
Herb Effect Calamus (Sweet Flag) Potentiates barbiturate sleeping time Celery Seed In vivo Chamomile, German Human Couchgrass In vivo Elecampane In vivo Ginseng CNS depressant and stimulant Goldenseal In vivo Hops In vivo Hydrocotyle (Gotu Kola) In vivo Jamaica Dogwood In vivo Nettle CNS depression, in vivo Passion Flower In vivo Sage In vivo Skullcap Reputed action Shepherd's Purse Potentiates barbiturate sleeping time St. John's Wort Traditional use, bioflavonoids Valerian Human, in vivo Wild Carrot Seed In vivo Wild Lettuce In vivo, related species
Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
Basil Essence, Eucalyptus Essence, Pine Essence, Rosemary Essence.
Clary Sage Essence, Lavender Essence.
Related Health ConditionsAbstracts
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