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There are a number of adjustments and adaptations people with narcolepsy can make in their lives that can positively impact symptoms and quality of life. Generally speaking, the more a person becomes involved in his/her own treatment the more control they feel over the disorder and their lives.
- Practice Good Sleep Hygiene to impose and strengthen a regular sleep/wake cycle
- Limit Consumption of stimulating foods, beverages, alcohol and tobacco, especially several hours before sleep and naps
- Exercise to develop strength and endurance and improve metabolism. All of these help to reduce and combat sleepiness and helps a person to get better quality sleep.
- Let Natural and/or Simulated Sunlight Work for You. Modern science has devised special lights that simulate sunlight, stimulating the brain to produce serotonin and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that give us a positive feeling and promote wakefulness.
- Schedule Naps, Work and Activities to maintain regularity in your life
- Keep a To-Do List to stay organized
- Seek support through Support Groups and Narcolepsy Network’s Online Community to share issues, coping mechanisms, stories, information and to feel accepted
- Try other Tips for Wakefulness published by former Narcolepsy Network Board of Trustees Member and Sleep Activist Ann Austin