Narcolepsy – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. People with narcolepsy experience irresistible and sudden bouts of sleep. It is a relatively rare disease.
Cizza: Unfortunately there is not the same awareness about the consequences of narcolepsy.
Narrator: NIH researcher Dr. Giovanni Cizza says some with narcolepsy are discriminated against because they are seen as lazy. However, patients can manage narcolepsy very successfully.
Cizza: If you adjust the environment, not too much, but if they can take let's say 10-15 minutes nap, they do okay; they do fine. But unfortunately, this is not always possible.
Narrator: Narcolepsy affects both males and females equally and appears throughout the world. For more information about narcolepsy, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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