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Sleep Health | Last Active: Dec 19, 2022 | Replies (10)

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I had a sleep study yrs ago Narcolepsy was ruled out, I was already taking Modafinil 200 mg daily, I’m not sure if the doctor gave me that diagnosis so that I could continue to take the Modafinil.
I was working days as an RN at a hospital and would fall asleep at in opportune times. I feel that the med saved my career.
I’m 76 and still taking it, if I miss a dose I am falling asleep by by 11am feeling totally exhausted. When I get up in the morning after 5-6 hours sleep, I make a cup of tea, sit in my lounge chair and check my email. After about 10 minutes I start dozing off, many times I have my tea in my hand, the next thing I know, I’ve fallen asleep and spilled my tea all over myself.
I am going for another sleep study in January, how do they make the diagnosis of EDS.
Also, what is the difference between a sleep specialist and a sleep neurologist, I have a regular neurologist.

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Hi @emyliander, I don't think @johnwburns is still active on Connect so I thought I would try and answer part of your questions with some information I found.

"What does a sleep neurologist do?
Neurologic Sleep Disorder Team. Penn neurologists with specific expertise in Sleep Medicine provide care for patients with primary neurologic sleep disorders and sleep problems that accompany other neurologic conditions."
— Neurology – Sleep Conditions:
"What is the role of a sleep specialist?
What Is a Sleep Specialist? A sleep specialist specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and others. Sleep specialists are most often neurologists, pulmonologists, or psychiatrists who have completed additional training in sleep medicine."
— Do I Need a Sleep Specialist?