Narcolepsy is one of the emerging neurological disorders of the world with every 1 person out of 2,000 suffering from it. The biggest shortcoming of this disorder is that the patient finds difficulty in recognizing that he/she might be Narcoleptic. So, let’s understand what is Narcolepsy, what are its symptoms and are there any cures available for this disorder?
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder in which the individual’s brain fails to recognize the normal sleep-wake cycles. People suffering from it tend to sleep (unwillingly) for longer hours, even during the day (at an average of 12-18 hours daily)! Such people often tend to sleep or get sleep attack during work, play and even while eating meals! It is a general myth that people suffering from narcolepsy get quality sleep, but unfortunately they tend to get lesser quality sleep as they also suffer from other symptoms such as sleep walking and frequent wakeups. Now, a question arises what causes Narcolepsy and who tend to suffer from it?
Causes of Narcolepsy
Scientists from across the globe are still researching on this emerging disorder and till now it has been found that lack of Orexin, also known as hypocretin (a brain chemical) which generally regulates our sleep patterns can be one of the leading cause for Narcolepsy. But in other cases the possible triggers found out by researchers are: Inheritance, increased mental stress, viral infections and even hormonal changes during puberty.
Who gets Narcolepsy?
Unfortunately, Narcolepsy is not biased. It affects men and women equally and also affects every known human race on Earth. Generally, it occurs at the inception of an individual’s adolescence but, it has been found that some people catch it even in the latter years. A normal individual’s sleep includes of periods of two different kinds of brain activities: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM). REM is that part of our sleep in which the brain gets functional and we tend to dream during this period. As compared to a normal individual, a person suffering from it tend to have fragmented patterns of REM and NREM.
Natural Remedies for Narcolepsy
Unfortunately, researchers have not yet found any cures for this neurological disorder. But fortunately, there are natural remedies that the patient can try so as to subside its symptoms:
Though Green Vegetables and fruits have not been proven to be cure for Narcolepsy but can help in reducing its symptoms. This is because they break down the Homocystienes that causes Dementia thus reducing its symptoms.
Gingko Biloba is a well known Ayurvedic herb and one of the greatest known cures for Narcolepsy. It is well known for its nervous system’s stimulation and cure for various other related disorders. It helps in boosting up the body’s blood circulation and revitalizing the nervous system.
A healthy lifestyle also plays a vital role in suppressing the symptoms of Narcolepsy. It usually includes a healthy diet filled with vitamins, minerals and other body essentials, Moderate level exercises, a life free from addictions and having positive feelings and thinking.
Several studies have shown that people tend to suffer more from narcolepsy when having vitamin deficiencies especially, vitamin B & D. Hence the patient in required to take Vitamin supplements so as to suffice body’s requirements.
Vinegar is also a great ayurvedic remedy for Narcolepsy. It helps in stimulating the nervous system and reducing the symptoms of this disorder. Add 2-3 tbsp of Vinegar to warm water and add few drops of honey to it. Drink it everyday soon after getting up in the morning for best results.
Though these remedies are globally known, but it is advised that it might vary for many individuals. Hence consult your physician before trying the above said remedies.
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