Have you been asking yourself Do I have Narcolepsy? That’s how it started out for me. I wasn’t sure exactly what sleeping disorder I had, but I knew I had to find out.
I started noticing it in college. There I was, 20 years old, and tired every damn day. It confused both me and my family. I know my dad had a history of sleep apnea, but I didn’t show any of the outward signs; overweight, snoring, etc. Per my mom’s suggestion, I finally agreed to visit a sleep specialist to get checked out.
1.5 years and 5 sleep studies later I was finally diagnosed with Narcolepsy. Currently, there’s only one true process for diagnosis that’s on the market. That would be an MSLT, otherwise known as Multiple Sleep Latency Test.
An MSLT measures how quickly you fall asleep in a controlled environment over a day-long period. The test consists of 5 scheduled naps each separated by 2 hours. During each nap test, you are being monitored to determine how quickly you can fall into REM sleep. People without Narcolepsy, are unable to drop into REM during daytime naps.