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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I exercise when I suffer with narcolepsy?

    I have suffered with narcolepsy since childhood and now want to start exercising. What is the best exercise for someone with my condition?
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    Colin Phillips

    Physiotherapist

    Owner of Penshurst Physiotherapy Centre, Sydney, NSW. I have experience in public, private and voluntary physiotherapy settings. My main area of expertise and experience is … View Profile

    When you suffer from narcolepsy, which is a sleeping disorder, the best way to do exercise around that is regular habit. The best thing to do is a cardiovascular workout in the morning to wake yourself up and get in routine for the day. Then following that, you need just to build on that routine throughout the day.
    Some people suggest to do weight exercises towards the end of the day. It’s also very important to get a structured program in place. I would recommend that you see a personal trainer for this one and get a supervised exercise program in place.

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    Dr David Cunnington

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Specialist sleep physician delivering a high standard of clinical care to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through research, education and advocacy. … View Profile

    It's very common for people with narcolepsy to feel tired all the time, and it can be hard to find the energy to exercise regularly. However, keeping fit is a key part of managing narcolepsy and reducing the impact it has on day-to-day life. 

    It's important not to push too hard and use all your energy up on exercise and then find there is no energy left for anything else. Having the guidance of a personal trainer or exercise physiologist is helpful in this regard to map out a regular exercise routine that maintains fitness, but does not completely exhaust your enery stores. 

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