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Narcolepsy is hallmarked by constant sleepiness with the tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. Its impact on a person’s life can be significant and even disabling. Typically the person with narcolepsy suffers sleep attacks as well as continual sleepiness and fatigue that is not completely relieved by any amount of sleep.

Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue is often the first symptom of narcolepsy. People with narcolepsy report feeling tired all the time. They tend to fall asleep in situations when most people would remain awake (standing in line, sharing a conversation or while eating). Individuals with narcolepsy may also fall asleep at dangerous times, while driving a car or using power tools. Excessive daytime sleepiness is the only symptom in some cases of narcolepsy.

Narcolepsy is a lifelong neurological (affecting the brain and nerves) disorder characterized by a permanent and overwhelming feeling of sleepiness. Sadly, most cases go undiagnosed and untreated, although its impact on a person’s life can be dramatic or even life threatening. That’s why people with this condition need to see Dr. Ronald Cates, a board-certified sleep medicine physician who cares for children and adults from Tyler, Canton, Palestine and Mabank. Medication and lifestyle changes can help you control the condition.

When you need a compassionate doctor who will take the time to solve your excessive sleepiness, call Ronald Cates, MD, at 903.675.1717. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.

Sleep Disorders

Breathing Disorders

Sleep breathing disorders include some of the most frightening and life-threatening conditions you or a loved one can experience. Snoring is an extremely common and treatable breathing disorder.

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Excessive Sleepiness

Narcolepsy is defined as constant sleepiness and the tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. Its impact on a person's life can be significant and even disabling.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

People experience restless legs in many ways, but all describe the feeling as an unpleasant "creepy, crawly" sensation when they are sitting or laying still, especially at bedtime.

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Nighttime Sleep Disorders

Almost 40% of all children will sleepwalk at some time, with peak occurrence between 3 and 7 years. Sleep walking often runs in families and most children outgrow it by adolescence. Sleepwalking can also be associated with night terrors.

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Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep plagues many adults. Insomnia will affect your waking and sleeping hours.

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Circadian Rhythm

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is a disorder in which the person's sleep-wake cycle (internal circadian rhythm clock) is delayed by two or more hours.

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