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Gary +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

Does a CPAP treat/reduce/cure narcolepsy?

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Sierra +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Patron

I am not a medical professional and have no personal experience. But, from what I read at the Mayo Clinic link for narcolepsy, it is diagnosed with a sleep study and then typically treated with medications rather than CPAP. But, I would assume that would be based on what the sleep study finds.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

I do wish you had not raised this subject Gary!

Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

I also am not professional in any field.

I had always considered Narcolepsy to be a weird disorder where people fell asleep on the sidewalk or standing chatting in a busy room.

It seems that the reality of it is a little less dramatic and unfortunately more familiar which is why they resort to sleep studies as a diagnostic tool.

It seems to me that CPAP would not cure or even help when the disorder, in it's pure form, is not related to obstructed breathing but we are complicated creatures and life is rarely that simple so there is a potential that someone could have multiple sleep disorders including Apnea in which case CPAP may well eliminate the OSA and hence, potentially, lessen the level of daytime sleepiness.

Now, if I can just escape back to ignorance. :)

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sleeptech +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

No, CPAP has no effect on narcolepsy.

That was easy.

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