Narcolepsy Research Study in Austin, Texas
Symptoms of Narcolepsy
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Intermittent, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep during the day
What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. People with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and intermittent, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep during the daytime. These sudden sleep attacks may occur during any type of activity at any time of the day.
In a typical sleep cycle, we initially enter the early stages of sleep followed by deeper sleep stages and ultimately (after about 90 minutes) rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. For people suffering from narcolepsy, REM sleep occurs almost immediately in the sleep cycle as well as periodically during the waking hours. It is in REM sleep that we can experience dreams and muscle paralysis which explains some of the symptoms of narcolepsy.
Narcolepsy usually begins between the ages of 15 and 25, but it can become apparent at any age. In many cases, narcolepsy is undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated.
FutureSearch Trials conducts research studies of investigational medications for the treatment of narcolepsy. Participants who qualify receive all research related care and study medication at no cost. Usually those who qualify must be at least 18 years of age and able to provide written, informed consent.
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