Impact of narcolepsy goes behind normal fatigue

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A recent study found that people who suffer from narcolepsy may also face mood and pain disorders.

Broward Health pulmonologist and sleep specialist Dr. Glenn Singer says that combination can complicate treatment and diagnosis for patients.

“The problem with narcolepsy is that these patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for years. People think they have mood disorders or depression, they aren’t taken seriously; physicians don’t do a good history, “ said Singer.

He said the study found that understanding the common co-morbidities associated with narcolepsy may help clinicians better identify and treat these patients.

It’s estimated that up to 200,000 people in the United States suffer from narcolepsy.


If you’re one of those who has a habit of hitting the snooze button on the morning alarm don’t feel bad because new studies suggest that could actually be beneficial.

A report published in the Journal of Sleep Research this week found that briefly snoozing can be healthier compared to waking up after the first alarm goes off.

The research found that brief snooze periods can help against mood decline, improve cognitive functioning and alleviate sleep inertia.

Research done by the American College of Cardiology indicated that the recommended amount of sleep needed is seven to eight hours.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than a third of people in the United States do not get consistent sleep.

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