Narcolepsy and sleep apnea are technically sleep disorders. However, in most cases, narcolepsy is usually mistaken to be a fainting or a seizure disorders. As a result, this not only delays the narcolepsy diagnosis, but also interrupts the treatment initiatives.
Before we elaborate further on the two conditions, we ought to know what sleep apnea and narcolepsy is.
Sleep apnea is an ongoing disorder that is characterized by a reduction or a pause in the breathing during sleep. It is common among adults but is rare among children. While, narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. There are instances when the disorder can also cause muscle weakness.
Sleep apnea is one of the more common sleep disorders. It is an ongoing disorder that often disrupts the affected persons sleep. The patient slips between deep and light sleep and as a result their breathing becomes shallow and it begins to pause.