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About ryanbarwin

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  • Birthday 01/06/1991

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  1. Is it just fluorescent lights that cause this problem for you? How do regular lightbulbs affect you? Or what about sunlight?
  2. Those kind of attacks happen to me quite often, especially in big stores with fluorescent lights. All of a sudden, I get really sleepy, and have to get out of there right away so I can lie down. That used to happen in school as well, which also had the same kind of lights. It happened a lot like you described...I was still partly conscious and could hear what was going on. Another time, I collapsed on a shopping cart momentarily. I don't know if it was the lights that triggered the attack, or if the attack was happening anyway, and the lights somehow prevented me from going to sleep fully. Or maybe the lights had nothing to do with it, and I was just extremely sleepy. But it does feel like things like that trigger sleep attacks more than being in other situations would.
  3. My doctor just prescribed Triazolam...it's a benzodiazepine sleeping pill. I haven't started taking it yet though. It's strong stuff, but I'm not that optimistic that it's going to work. He said if it doesn't work, then he'll prescribe Xyrem. I don't really get why he didn't just prescribe Xyrem instead. I'll post again about it in a few days after I've tried it.
  4. I'm 18, had it for about 5 years, diagnosed a few months ago. My family seems to understand. When I tried to explain to them about narcolepsy, they didn't really get it, but now that my sleep doctor has talked to them about it, they're a lot more understanding of my condition. My friends are sympathetic, and understand it to some extent, but there's only so much anyone can really understand without experiencing narcolepsy for themself.
  5. That is an interesting question. I never really had any parasomnias or REM behaviour, but sometimes someone will come into my room and try and wake me up, and I never fully wake up....sometimes I'll have a conversation with them, which I'll have no recollection of, and then go back to sleep. They'll think I was awake, but there's no way I was really awake. That's not exactly "sleep talking" though. It used to happen much more often a few years ago than it does now.