Narcolepsy Remedies

| Modified on Jul 26, 2016

Holistic treatments for narcolepsy are helpful in addition to prescribed medications. Natural treatment includes making simple changes to one's diet and home remedies that can balance pH levels as well as avoiding toxins that can trigger allergies.

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that results in an individual being tired throughout the day and falling asleep suddenly and without warning. It is a chronic condition that is best distinguished by the individual sleeping excessively during the daytime. A person with narcolepsy often experiences disruptions in his or her normal nighttime sleep, which leads to the condition being confused with insomnia or disorders of REM sleep.

Natural Remedies for Narcolepsy

Fortunately, there are a few home remedies for narcolepsy that can help. One of the best methods is to change your diet. Consuming too many carbohydrates can lead to feeling overly tired throughout the daytime hours. Salty snacks and treats that are high in sugar can also cause you to feel drowsy during the day. Eliminating these items from your diet and replacing them with healthier options such as fruits, vegetables and nuts can make you feel more alert and awake as they provide the body with much needed energy.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, an alkaliing home remedy, can help alleviate the symptoms of narcolepsy. Mixing two tablespoons in warm water with honey in the morning and drinking it can make you feel more invigorated throughout the day, enabling you to be more productive. Make sure to take this concoction after you have eaten breakfast.

Avoiding Mold Triggers

Check for mold growing in your home, office or anywhere else you find your narcolepsy being triggered. If you suffer from mold allergies, this might be what is causing your symptoms. You can purchase a test for mold at your local hardware or home improvement store. Eliminating harmful mold that is growing around you can relieve narcolepsy symptoms.

Nacrolepsy is a chronic condition that is potentially dangerous if left untreated. Medication is often essential, however, dietary changes, alkalizing home remedies, and avoidance of mold toxins are important tools in the natural treatment of narcolepsy.

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Posted by Megan (Sedalia, Missouri ) on 01/29/2012

I am a mother of 3 young boys (6yrs, 4yrs, and 13 months ) I've never felt well, but over the yrs it's gotten worse. After the birth of my 3rd son things got unbearable! There where days when I was so exhausted I hurt, my hands wouldnt work, blurred vision, migraines etc. As you can imagine that was less then ideal. So I was sent to several specialists, which in itself was annoying. Finally after yr of waiting and countless tests I was diagnosed with narcolepsy. My symptoms weren't the usual ones because ive probably had it since I was a teenager. In my mind, id receive some type of diagnosis and the Dr. Would give me a 'magic' pill...... As it turned out that was infact NOT the case! Though the medication did help some, it didnt help with several things. The 'brain fog' was unbearable, I hurt all over, headaches, and so on. So I started looking for natural remedies to go along with the medication. Though narcolepsy on its own cant be cured, I figured I could start trying to work on individual symptoms. Ive been working on changing my diet, and Ive been seeing a chiropractor. A cpl weeks ago I decided to try ACV and honey. Every site had something different to say. So I started taking 2 tbl in warm water with some honey after breakfast every morning. It hasnt been life changing, though like everything else it takes time. I have noticed that the brain fog is lifting. I did find it ironic that one of the things acv is used for is acid reflux, because its been causing some serious tummy acid for me. I did my homework, I dont take it on an empty stomach and I dont drink milk before or immediately following. So I wonder if it has something to do with the brand? Also I wonder if im taking it correctly? Il continue to use acv like I said its been a short period of time and I am noticing a difference. Does anyone have any suggestions?

p. S. It also makes me awfully burpy. I dont appreciate that, but my sons think its hilarious!

Replied by Sleepingbeauty
(Philadelphia, Pa)

My history with narcolepsy is almost identical!!!! I thought diagnosis was the end of it and that meds would be the solution. After a year my symtpoms got so bad that I couldn't even do my job. I also tried addressing overall health and diet and found ACV. You are not crazy, it does help- though it doesn't cure. I found that the brand called "_____s" was better and tasted better, and didn't aggravate my reflux. I'm not sure if it's helping. From my background in pharmacy, I can understand why ACV does help. It increases the metabolism of many meds. I feel like I get a little boost of my stimulants without more stimulant side effects or crash.

Replied by Andrea

ACV should be raw and natural. It reduces reflux b/c it gets digestive juices going which close the valve and prevent reflux.

On ANOTHER note, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy 16 years ago. Up until 4 years ago, even after having children, it worked. But, I ended up with more fatigue, skin problems, foggy brain and more. Since, I've gone gluten free (ugh, I know), been able to ditch thyroid meds, and am working on getting rid of parasites/yeast and detoxing. It's helping, but there's more room to improve. Excited to try ACV! More improvement is needed as I'm unsure I can even hold a job outside of my home...ahhh...scary!


Posted by Jc (Woodford, New South Wales, Australia) on 07/30/2012

I have had this problem all my life its dreadful but I have found some very interesting information Linking these symptoms to gluten and wheat allergies and it made a lot of sense to me so I will start a new diet and see how I go Wish me luck. below is the link

Replied by Lucy K.

I find that eating gluten-free makes a tremendous difference for me. I would say it's like I get 2X the benefit of my daytime med (Nuvigil). I also got a diagnosis of UARS. Its different than sleep apnea but treated with CPAP as well. Not all sleep doctors check for it, so you may need to ask. It can still be very disturbing for your sleep. Mine was interrupting my sleep almost 30 times an hour. Previous studies looking for apnea events didn't catch that.

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Posted by Jessica (Nooksack, Wa) on 06/11/2014

Narcolepsy: One thing I found to work amazingly well which surprised me was Red Marine Algae Plus. It makes me extremely clear headed and at ease. I just take the recommended dose, though I should note that it does contain beneficial sulfur so if you have improper sulfur oxidization problems or allergies be careful. Though the levels of sulfur are quite low and are very beneficial, similar to MSM.