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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

The disabling form can include hallucinations and loss of muscle tone (cataplexy).

Stimulants may be prescribed to overcome drowsiness and antidepressants for loss of muscle tone.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Amino Acids

General Supplements

Amino Acid Complex (Free Form)*
Calcium2,000 mg
Choline300 mg
Magnesium400 mg
Octacosanol100 mg
Vitamin B Complex150 mg
Vitamin C4,000 mg
Vitamin D400 IU
Vitamin E500 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.

Dietary Considerations

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.

Homeopathic Remedy

DrowsinessMagnesia phosphorica

Treatment Schedule

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.

Tissue Salts

Nat. Sulf.drowsiness, sleepiness, brownish-green coated tongue;

Herbal Approaches


Ephedra (Ma Huang)
Ginkgo Biloba
Gotu Kola
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:

Calamus (Sweet Flag)Potentiates barbiturate sleeping time
Celery SeedIn vivo
Chamomile, GermanHuman
CouchgrassIn vivo
ElecampaneIn vivo
GinsengCNS depressant and stimulant
GoldensealIn vivo
HopsIn vivo
Hydrocotyle (Gotu Kola)In vivo
Jamaica DogwoodIn vivo
NettleCNS depression, in vivo
Passion FlowerIn vivo
SageIn vivo
SkullcapReputed action
Shepherd's PursePotentiates barbiturate sleeping time
St. John's WortTraditional use, bioflavonoids
ValerianHuman, in vivo
Wild Carrot SeedIn 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.

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