Narcolepsy Research Paper

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Narcolepsy 1 Running head: NARCOLEPSY A Bed Time Tale [Your Name Here] Indiana State University
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Narcolepsy 2 A Bed Time Tale A case study, found in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, was recorded in July 2004. A twenty-year-old member of the US Marine Corps Band underwent testing with a sleep lab for abnormal symptoms, relating to sleep, that interfered with his everyday life. He was known for falling asleep in almost any situation, including while working, driving a car, and eating. Approximately one year prior to these uncontrollable sleep episodes, he began to experience unexpected muscle weakness that caused his knees to buckle which resulted in him collapsing quite frequently. This man’s spells were, more times than not, generated by laughter. In attempt to prevent these disturbing episodes, he made a great effort to avoid being exposed to laughter. Surprisingly, the patient never actually lost consciousness or appeared confused after the strange events occurred. His caffeine intake consisted of merely one cup of coffee each morning before he left for work, which would not be enough to cause these bizarre spells. The patient slept an average of five and a half hours every week night and nine and a half hours each night over the course of the weekend. An overnight sleep study performed on this gentleman showed “snoring without obstructive sleep apnea,” and a daytime nap study confirmed that he suffered from severe daytime sleepiness and inappropriate rapid eye movement sleep. Once many tests were conducted, the diagnosis was established as Narcolepsy (McLaughlin, 2004). Approximately 250,000 people in the United States and three million people worldwide suffer with Narcolepsy each year (Kilkenny, 2002). Unlike other disorders, narcolepsy does not only affect the person diagnosed. Family, friends, and co-workers must always stay aware of the dangers that are present with the disorder. The symptoms of Narcolepsy prevent people from living normal, everyday lives that most people take for granted. What was once seen as a rare disorder has now expanded into a much greater problem worldwide (Kilkenny, 2002). Narcolepsy is oftentimes referred to as the “first” sleep disorder of human history
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