Daytime sleepiness is not so terrible if the day before the person just went to bed late or had a hearty dinner before going to bed. But the haunting desire to “turn off” to take a nap for a couple of minutes should not be ignored. It indicates a serious disease of the nervous system, the newspaper reported.

It’s about narcolepsy. A pathological desire to sleep, which is manifested by attacks of sudden falling asleep, weakness and hallucinations, is a rather rare phenomenon, explains psychotherapist, somnologist Elena Kolesnichenko. This is a disorder in which the processes of wakefulness and sleep are disturbed. Drowsiness in this case is a “wake-up call” that the brain cannot cope with the problem.

“It has been proven that if we consider the peak of pathology, then its onset occurs at the age of about 15 years, the second peak can occur at the age of about 35 years”– explained Dr. Kolesnichenko.

To name the exact reasons that cause such a failure, neither doctors nor scientists are yet able to. However, they managed to identify negative trigger factors. Among them: head injuries, acute pharyngitis, viral infections and heredity.

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You can recognize narcolepsy if you know certain features in the behavior that accompany this condition. Against the background of a constant desire to sleep, problems with attention appear. Trying to overcome daytime sleepiness, a person performs certain actions that he is not aware of. People who suffer from narcolepsy cannot get enough sleep at night. They also develop sleep paralysis, a condition in which a person temporarily loses the ability to move. And finally, hallucinations. Vivid images and sounds arise in the mind. They accompany a person when waking up and when falling asleep.

and how dangerous it is.