Sleep Apnea VS. Narcolepsy: What Are the Differences?

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Sleep apnea and narcolepsy are both sleep disorders. They both disturb the sleeping patterns of human beings. However, there are a lot of differences between them:
  • Sleep apnea refers to periods when a person stops breathing while he is asleep. Narcolepsy is a condition when a person experience overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep.
  • Narcolepsy affects a person in early life, while sleep apnea usually starts when a person gets old.
  • Sleep apnea occurs because of the malfunctioning of the brain or obstructions in the air passage. Narcolepsy occurs because of malfunctioning of nerve cells.
  • Narcolepsy is treated by behavioral therapy and medicines. Sleep apnea is treated by surgery, medications or dental applications.
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