What are the causes of Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is one of the major sleeping problem when it occurs to a person. The suffering from a sleeping disorder is huge and thus not everyone will be able to tackle and get over with such health condition. However, narcolepsy occurs rarely to people but most of the people who experiences such symptoms of narcolepsy wonders about what causes narcolepsy? Well, the causes of narcolepsy varies from a person to person such as excessive sleeping conditions, sleep paralysis or attacks and cataplexy.

The major problem occurs by narcolepsy with cataplexy. This is caused by the reduction of Orexin (Hypocretin) chemical in the brain. Hypocretin is one of the important chemical present in the brain which works in regulation of wakefulness and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The loss of Orexin in the brain causes a person to feel difficult to stay awake for a long time. However, from the research papers that has been submitted so far gave an another cause for narcolepsy is that genetic predisposition. A person born with containing certain might have the higher risk for developing narcolepsy. Children and teens are the ones who gets affected by this sleeping disorder often, that results in lack of concentration in education and competing in exams and other activities.

The causes of narcolepsy in children is due to the lack of immune power in them. When a infection affects the immune system of a child, rather simply attacking the system, if becomes confused and start to attack some of the specialized cells in the brain that are responsible for producing hypocretin and as a result leads to the symptoms of narcolepsy. Since, this issue is occurred due to the lack of healthy cells by the immune system and thus it makes narcolepsy as an autoimmune disease by which the immune system in your body starts to attack the healthy cells too. One of the triggering events of narcolepsy to a person is H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza virus.

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