Gelineau's Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability
Are you troubled by extreme, intense daytime sleepiness? Do you fall asleep suddenly during the day? If so, you may have Gelineaus syndrome.
Gelineaus syndrome is a sleep disorder that is evidenced by excessive daytime sleepiness. Gelineaus syndrome is a disorder that results in you having a hard time staying awake. It can cause you to suddenly fall asleep during the day.
Gelineaus syndrome is sometimes mistaken for other conditions. These include simple lack of sleep, fainting, seizure disorder, depression, laziness, recreational drug use and other conditions that result in abnormal sleeping patterns.
These sleep attacks take place even after you get enough sleep at night. In fact, you may find it hard to stay awake for long periods of time no matter what your circumstances are. The unusual sleep pattern that occurs with Gelineaus syndrome can cause problems at school, work and in your social life.
Somewhere around 200,000 people are affected by Gelineaus syndrome in the United States. However, only about 50,000 of these cases are diagnosed. Gelineaus syndrome is as widespread as multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons disease. It is more common than cystic fibrosis, but Gelineaus syndrome is not as well known.
The cause of Gelineaus syndrome is not known at the present time. Recent research has revealed that certain genetic (hereditary) conditions that involve an area of Chromosome 6 that is known as the HLA complex may increase your risk of developing this syndrome.
Another risk factor for Gelineaus syndrome may be an imbalance in certain brain chemicals that are important in the regulation of sleep. There is also the possibility that your immune system could play a role in causing Gelineaus syndrome by mistakenly attacking certain cells in your brain.
The hallmark sign or symptom of Gelineaus syndrome is excessive daytime sleepiness. It is an overwhelming drowsiness and uncontrollable need to sleep during the day. You may fall asleep without warning at any time or in any place.
There are some other signs and symptoms that you may experience with Gelineaus syndrome. These may include:
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- Cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone)
- Restless sleep at night
- Decreased alertness through the day
- Sleep paralysis
- Automatic behavior (continuing to do things, such as talking and moving things during sleeping episodes but awakening with no recollection of doing these things).