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Narcolepsy treatment doesn't always have to happen in a sleep clinic. If you have narcolepsy, here is what the experts say about what you can do to self-treat your sleep problem at home.
- Sleep hygiene, a term the experts use for your sleep schedule, is very important. Many people have an improvement in their symptoms if they maintain a regular sleep schedule, (usually 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night).
- Scheduled naps during the day help. One study suggested that the optimal sleep pattern is a combination of scheduled nighttime sleep (such as from 11 pm to 7:30 am) and two 15-minute naps).
- Avoiding heavy meals and alcohol (as it can interfere with sleep).
- Restrict driving when they feel sleepy.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|