What is Narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that is characterized by sudden sleep attacks and overwhelming daytime drowsiness. Patients suffering from narcolepsy feel difficulty in staying awake for long periods of time, regardless of the conditions. Narcolepsy can disturb the whole daily routine life due to unbalancing of sleeping and wakening periods. Sometimes, narcolepsy can cause cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle tone). Cataplexy is usually triggered by strong emotions. On the basis of Cataplexy, narcolepsy is divided into two major types. The Narcolepsy that occurs with cataplexy is known as Type 1 Narcolepsy while the narcolepsy without cataplexy is known as Type 2 Narcolepsy.
Some common signs and symptoms of Narcolepsy are as follows:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sudden Loss of muscle tone
- Sleep Paralysis
- Changes in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep
The exact causes of narcolepsy are unknown. However, some research studies have reported that the low level of the chemical hypocretin is associated with type 1 narcolepsy. Hypocretin is a very important neurochemical in the brain that helps in the regulation of wakefulness and REM sleep. Up till now, there is no significant cure for narcolepsy, however, some medications and lifestyles change can help in the management of the symptom of narcolepsy. The patients suffering from narcolepsy required constant attention from relatives like family, friends, and teachers.
Kratom for Narcolepsy
Kratom is an herbal supplement, traditionally used by native people of Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Indonesia. People have been using Kratom for centuries to treat several ailments and medical conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, muscle aches, and fatigue. Kratom is also used to boost the body’s energy levels. However, according to the research studies, Kratom may be helpful for narcolepsy as well. Several independent research studies effects of Kratom on sleep. Proponents of Kratom tout its ability to help an individual with sleep disorders like narcolepsy. Some users of Kratom also point out its relaxing effects and claim that specific strains of Kratom can help in improving sleep quality.
These effects of Kratom are supported by several research studies. Some other health benefits of Kratom are also helpful in the treatment of narcolepsy. For example, Kratom can reduce anxiety and stress which might be the significant reasons for narcolepsy. Kratom also produces soothing, relaxing, and calming effects which help the patients suffering from narcolepsy in getting high-quality sleep at night, so they don’t feel sudden sleep attacks in the daytime.
From these minor pieces of evidence and little information, we can say that Kratom may help with narcolepsy. However, to accept this benefit of Kratom, more research is required.
How Does Kratom Work for Narcolepsy?
Kratom (especially Kratom leaves) has many active alkaloids among which two are most important. These two alkaloids are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. Both these alkaloids can bind with different receptors in the body. For example, they can interact with the opioid receptors in the brain which are responsible for sleep, pain, anxiety, stress, and energy regulation. After interacting with these receptors, Kratom provides relief from anxiety, stress, and chronic pain and produces relaxing/calming effects. This is a proposed working principle of Kratom for narcolepsy.
What are the best strains of Kratom for Narcolepsy?
Finding an ideal Kratom strain for narcolepsy is very important if you want to get the most out of the product. Many different strains of Kratom have specific effects and colors. Some of these strains of Kratom are good for Narcolepsy, such as:
· Red Bali
Red Bali Kratom is an ideal strain for those people who want to achieve improved sleep and relaxation mood quickly. It has amazing calming properties which can help in the treatment of different sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. You can also use it to alleviate insomnia. However, the effects of the Red Bali strain are very short and instant. For example, if you take it before going to bed, it will put your asleep immediately, but it won’t prevent you from waking up in the night.
· Indo Kratom
Indo Kratom is used for its strong sedative and calming effects. It is the best strain of Kratom if you want to get relief from insomnia.
· Red Borneo Kratom
The effects of Red Borneo Kratom are quite similar to Red Bali but its effects are prolonged and intense. It is very helpful in relieving chronic pain, insomnia, narcolepsy, and anxiety.
What is an optimal dosage of Kratom for narcolepsy?
To get maximum benefits of Kratom, you must use it in an appropriate dosage. It is very important to understand that each person is unique, and the dosage that worked on your friend might not work for you. So, you have to find an optimal dosage of Kratom for yourself by start using it with minimal dosages (around about 1 gram). If you feel positive effects with small doses, you can increase the doses gradually and, in this way, you will find the best dosage of Kratom which working maximum for you.
The best method of consuming Kratom is by grinding its leaves into powder after drying them. You can take the Kratom powder with water or drinks.
Kratom may be helpful in the treatment of narcolepsy because it can alleviate anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and insomnia. However, more research is required in this regard. You should also consult with your doctor before using Kratom.
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