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Do Naps Help Your Narcolepsy?

  1. Taking regular naps may be helpful to manage symptoms of Narcolepsy. You should also go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. Check out this link for more lifestyle tips to manage Narcolepsy symptoms.

    1. This is very true. I still struggle with this to this day because of my insomnia, unfortunately, but the naps during the day are a lifesaver! 😀

    2. I second this! It is so important that I follow a routine, including when I nap or go to sleep/wake up. It helps my EDS significantly!
      Xoxo/Zzz, Gabrielle

  2. Naps will quite often give me a boost of energy to make further through the day. They also will help relieve the pain/pressure that I will get in my head pushes over the edge and causes me to pass out/sleep.

    1. Hi , thanks for sharing. I'm glad to hear that naps help you get through the day! Best, Allison (Team Member)

  3. If I can stick to a consistent nap schedule then I find them to be very beneficial. When I was at university, I would have a 20 minute nap every day at 3pm and found it to help me get through the day. Anything longer than 20 minutes and I would end up feeling worse.

    Now that I work 9am-6pm three days a week, so cannot nap then, it means my schedule is a lot less consistent. I find that by the evening time I need to sleep, but I’m too tired for just a nap, but can’t go to sleep as if I’m going to bed for the night. So naps don’t have the same benefit that I found them to have when I was able to be consistent.

    1. Although I always take my medication in the morning and then nap which helps me to feel more awake (well actually I think the modafinil initially sends me to sleep)

  4. More often than not, it helps me get through the day. During the school year, my busy teaching schedule doesn't allow as much time as I would like. However, I have found that even laying down behind my desk for 10-15 minutes can help my brain fog for a few hours. During the summer, I typically nap every afternoon for an hour or so!

    1. I am also a teacher! I was very recently diagnosed, so I'm still figuring things out. What a relief though...I had moments in the classroom where my brain would be such a fog that it was hard to pay attention to what the students were asking!

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