What to Do When You Wake Up Tired

What to Do When You Wake Up Tired

life hacks
No matter how fantastic your health regimen might be, sometimes you will be wondering what to do when you wake up tired. Let's start with quick and easy physical things you can do when you start out your day. If you are waking up tired on a regular basis, here are some tips on how to get started addressing some of the root causes of fatigue (especially if it is due to narcolepsy, but even if it is not). Drink water You have been asleep for some time and probably weren't drinking much, so drink a liter of water. Your body needs it to function properly. Move! This will be different for everyone, but if you are a runner, go for a run! If you are a walker, try a…
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Is Narcolepsy Treatable Without Medication

Is Narcolepsy Treatable Without Medication

Narcolepsy
There is a long answer and a short answer to the question, "Is Narcolepsy treatable without medication"? The short answer is that yes, it can be treated in many ways without medicine. However, this depends on the results you are looking for. There may be multiple different "treatments" you will want to combine to get the desired results. Even if you do take medication for narcolepsy, you can combine that with additional treatments so you get the best results possible. (more…)
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Avoiding Emotions with Narcolepsy

Avoiding Emotions with Narcolepsy

Mindset
Years back, I had gotten really good at avoiding emotions with narcolepsy. I was so distant from my own emotions, I didn't actually have a lot of opinions about things. I was okay with whatever happened. This neutrality prevented me from feeling those emotions that might trigger cataplexy, one of the lesser-known symptoms of Type 2 Narcolepsy. (more…)
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Starting a Morning Routine with Narcolepsy

Starting a Morning Routine with Narcolepsy

Lifestyle
So this is going to be short and sweet, just letting you know how the first weeks of the 5 AM Club have been for me. I started out strong, and woke up at 5 AM, exercised, meditated, and wrote something creative once. I know many people say it's important to have a morning routine with narcolepsy, but it's not as easy as it sounds. (more…)
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Being Vulnerable with Narcolepsy Works

Being Vulnerable with Narcolepsy Works

Mindset
It's hard not to look at being vulnerable as a bad thing, but today I'm here to tell you that being vulnerable with narcolepsy works wonders. I have gained so much by daring to be vulnerable, and today I am taking that to a new level. Today, I am committing to using this space for more raw, unedited, real writing about what I'm experiencing on a day-to-day basis. (more…)
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How to Grow in a Pandemic

How to Grow in a Pandemic

Life Coaching
From the beginning people were talking about ways to grow in a pandemic. They suggested learning a language, picking up that hobby you never make time for, and lots of other ways to distract ourselves. While many of us were not in the mental space to grow our skills, personal growth was still taking place as we faced our challenges. (more…)
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How to Accept a Chronic Diagnosis

How to Accept a Chronic Diagnosis

Mindset
I see it over and over again. We fight to get a diagnosis from a doctor and then we have no idea how to accept the diagnosis. We wanted validation that what we were experiencing was real. But we didn't know how much baggage was going to come with it. (more…)
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How to Treat Migraine Naturally

How to Treat Migraine Naturally

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Quick Tips for Migraine Management I'm going to assume if you are here right now, you might be in some stage of a migraine so I will try to keep this as short and sweet as possible! Please feel free to ask questions, comment, or challenge my ideas about how to treat migraine naturally. I am not a doctor and these all come from my own experience living with migraine and narcolepsy. (more…)
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Wake Up Happy with Narcolepsy

Wake Up Happy with Narcolepsy

Mindset
I'm a morning person, so I wake up happy every day. And I have had narcolepsy most of my life, if not all of it. When I tell people my best hours are first thing in the morning and I'd be happy to meet them online at 7am my time, they seem baffled. How can a person with narcolepsy also be a morning person? And how does anyone wake up happy? (more…)
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My Experience with Depression and Narcolepsy

My Experience with Depression and Narcolepsy

Personal Story
Ten years ago I never would have said I was grateful for Depression and Narcolepsy. I felt like they were ruining my life.  I was the victim and there was nothing I could do about it. But today I am living a completely different story.  Depression and narcolepsy were catalysts that forced me to take a harder look at what I’m doing in life. Eventually they propelled me to create a life worth living.  It didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t magic.  But it has lead me to live a magical life.  Diagnosed with Narcolepsy But let's start at the beginning. I have had narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder that affects the sleep-wake cycle for as long as I can remember. When I started full-day school, it was hard for me…
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What Causes Narcolepsy – A Natural Theory

What Causes Narcolepsy – A Natural Theory

Narcolepsy
I picked up Louise Hay's book, Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them. I wasn't thinking about what causes narcolepsy, just about healing in general. For the most part, I have a good handle on my health. I don't feel like narcolepsy has much impact on my day-to-day life anymore, and the migraines get better each time I face them and look at the underlying cause. Screenshot of Author's Kindle Notes But I figured looking at one more approach won't hurt me. This book lists a variety of ailments, suggests an emotional cause, and then gives an affirmation to help you heal the emotions that might be manifesting at the symptom. Louise Hay's Message Image by Author "For us to become…
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Taylor Schilling Claims to have Quarantine Narcolepsy

Taylor Schilling Claims to have Quarantine Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy
Less than two weeks after World Narcolepsy Day, I see the term "quarantine narcolepsy" on my newsfeed. When I learned that it was a reference to narcolepsy on Late Night with Seth Meyers, I was vaguely curious. Image by Christo Anestev from Pixabay Seth Meyers asked Taylor Schilling, known for her role as Piper in Orange is the New Black, if she has developed any new coping mechanisms during quarantine. She responded, "I think I've become a bit of a narcoleptic person like I hear like oh 'plague and pestilence' and then I go [ugly face] and I pass out again. [laughing] Like I just leap or I'll fall asleep in different areas and new places, it's uncomfortable." Seth responds, "That's interesting. So you just think you have like an…
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