I know I have a sleep disorder. Can you tell me if it's narcolepsy?

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I'm a 45 year old Caucasian female I'm currently not on sleeping medication although I have been prescribed Trazodone

 I think I have narcolepsy

 I get enough rest at night and I still have episodes of falling asleep during the day continuously Randomly throughout the day or evening or morning

it doesn't matter what I'm doing

 I can be eating

 I can be watching a movie

I'll fall asleep

 I can be at work

I can be driving

 I hit a parked car

 because of sudden  fall asleep

my rest is Disturbed at night every couple hours I wake up but go right back to sleep

I didn't see the signs or symptoms of narcolepsy it spoke about paralysis

 only a couple of times

very few and far between

 have I felt paralysis while I was sleeping ot right before I was sleeping actually it was terrifying I have had very Vivid nightmares but not all the time

I feel depression anxiety fear. Low self esteem lack of motivation

2 Answers

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It does not sound like narcolepsy. I think the reason why you feel sleepy during the day is poor sleep quality at night. Trazodone may help.

I am not sure, but I think you might need some tests:

  • Polysomnography. This test measures a variety of signals during sleep using electrodes placed on your scalp. For this test, you must spend a night at a medical facility. The test measures the electrical activity of your brain (electroencephalogram) and heart (electrocardiogram) and the movement of your muscles (electromyogram) and eyes (electro-oculogram). It also monitors your breathing.
  • Multiple sleep latency test. This examination measures how long it takes you to fall asleep during the day. You'll be asked to take four or five naps, each nap two hours apart. Specialists will observe your sleep patterns. People who have narcolepsy fall asleep easily and enter into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep quickly.
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