I'm so tired of falling asleep all the time (Good Article)
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"Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that disrupts your normal sleeping pattern. It can cause you to fall asleep suddenly, and without warning (known as 'sleep attacks') and also tends to make you feel excessively drowsy during the day time." (link)
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This CHESS mnemonic is helpful for remembering the features of narcolepsy:
- C - Cataplexy
- H - Hypnagogic hallucinations
- E - Excessive daytime sleepiness
- S - Sleep attacks
- S - Sleep paralysis
Approach to outpatient management of adult sleep apnea [title]
Can Fam Physician. 2008 October; 54(10): 1408–1412.
Question: Does the condition narcolepsy have any relevance to the playing of chess?
Answer: Quite possibly, as one of the most effective treatments for narcolepsy is a drug called modafinil (Provigil). Modafinil, a wakefulness promoting agent, may potentially be a performance enhancing drug for chess players. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), recognising the potential performance-enhancing benefits of the drug, added modafinil to the list of prohibited substances just prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Narcolepsy can also be found in animals. For people not familiar with this condition the following YouTube videos are interesting.
Skeeter the Narcoleptic Poodle:
Rusty the Narcoleptic Dog:
Narcoleptic-Cataplectic Fainting Goats: