Written by Dr. Anitha Paderla, MBBS | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff / dr. reeja tharu, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Nov 18, 2016

Prevention

‘Safety first’ should be followed by narcoleptics to avoid accidents during episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness

Patients suffering from untreated narcolepsy carry a 10-fold risk of suffering accidents involving vehicles as compared to the rest of the population. However, accident rates are in the ‘normal range’ among patients who have received treatment for the condition.

Life style modifications help to reduce the severity of the symptoms. Sleep attacks may result in physical harm to people with narcolepsy. Victims of narcolepsy should adhere to all safety measures while driving.

Though narcolepsy by itself is not a life threatening condition, victims expose themselves to serious injury or death due to injury in the absence of proper treatment. Even actions such as climbing or walking, considered safe, can turn for the worse due to unexpected loss of muscle control.The risk of cuts and burns is higher if you fall asleep while preparing food.

References:

  1. Narcolepsy Fact Sheet - (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail_narcolepsy.htm)
  2. Narcolepsy - (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/narcolepsy/DS00345)
  3. About Narcolepsy - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcolepsy)

Comments

1a2b3c Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I heard this condition might be linked to the H1N1 vaccine, we believe my 12 year old daughter has it and it was right after she had the vaccine.

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