Published: April 28, 2015
This medical condition may be a new addition to your knowledge of disorders. Narcolepsy is a condition that forces an individual into daytime sleepiness. Although you may have never heard about narcolepsy, 215,923 Americans have been diagnosed with this sleep disorder, which makes up 0.07% of the population. A person can be diagnosed with narcolepsy as early as 15-30 years old. Narcolepsy isn’t exactly hereditary, since only 10% of those with narcolepsy have a close relative with the disease.
Looking at trends across the world, some countries have a higher probability of having a population suffering from narcolepsy than others. China tops the list at 955,035, followed by Brazil (135,368), Russia (105,863), Japan (93,627) and the Mexico (77,276). Comparing trends in those diagnosed with narcolepsy, statistics show that the countries with the lowest population of those diagnosed with the disorder are: the UK (44,316), France (44,429), Canada (23,902) and Finland (3,834). The country least likely to be hit hard by narcolepsy is Ireland at a slim 2,918 people.
If you feel that your sleeping patterns are becoming irregular, contact your doctor immediately to prevent further progressions.