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I've suffered from this myself - sleep apnoea leading to narcolepsy. At one point in my life I was falling asleep in all manner of situations, usually hitting REM instantly and often not even realising that I was asleep - very scary way to be! It also leads to very loud snoring which can be seriously problematic for partners.
The are various ways to tackle apnoea - CPAP being one of them but who wants to sleep with a face mask? I couldn't get on with it, myself.
I had surgery on my septum (somewhat mangled in an accident) and that helped but it didn't cure the problem.
Weight loss is the one sure-fire remedy as apnoea tends to affect people with 16.5"+ collar sizes and the one that largely fixed it for me - I lost 3 stone and now sleep a lot better than I used to. Smoking can also be a factor but much less so than weight.
Needless to say, I'm a rocket scientist not a doctor, but personal experience suggests that a low-carb diet is the best approach - not only for weight-loss but also as carbs always seemed to be one of the big narcolepsy triggers for me.
If you aren't overweight, chances are it isn't apnoea. Either way, see a doctor - it's something that can get out of hand quite quickly and it's extremely dangerous if you drive or use heavy machinery.
Is that the word for "going to sleep so suddenly that you are not even aware of its impending onset" ?
Since it happens so frequently (90% of the time) in this chair, in front of this same computer, in the exact same way, after the one (evening) meal of the day, every single time, is it actually narcolepsy ?
Might sound strange, but "don't sit in the chair".
Explained: First of all you have the psychological effect that your body and mind recognize it as a place of rest and sleep and therefore will "induce" a drousy effect.
Secondly, make sure to move more. You get energy by burning energy (in a strange way). Try sleeping when you just ran a few miles and you'll know what I'm talking about.
If you do sit in the chair, make sure to stand up regularly. If you're watching TV, stand up each commercial and do something. (toilet break, clean up kitchen a bit, ... I personally try to do 30 situps and 10 push up each commercial break, that amounts to around 150 situps and 50 push ups every evening )
I don't own one, and haven't had one in my home for thirty years now.
1. Hollywood movies.
Last movie I paid to watch was, I think, Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes
(I guess that that confirms how old I am)
2. Too much sugar in your diet.
I make a deliberate effort to have a zero sugar intake, and I'm turbo psycho Nazi Schizo hostile toward high fructose corn sweetener (start another thread, as I am on a one man crusade to eliminate that poison drug from America). I do read labels on the very few (less than 10 percent) foods which I buy in any sort of container. Either of those two ingredients is an instant disqualification.
But hey, thanks for the feedback. You have confirmed my conviction on stuff to keep out of my life.
Has anyone else personally experienced this, and fixed it ?
Yep. Used to fall asleep in my chair all the time. Stopped drinking. Stopped falling asleep in my chair.
It's worth pointing out that I only drank at night, at home, before bed. Never enough to get drunk (so, I wasn't passing out,) but far more than enough to get me solidly drowsy.
Could also be a crash from sugar or caffeine, if you partake of those earlier in the day.
That's about all the advice I can offer that hasn't already been given by someone else. Hope you get it sorted; even if it isn't affecting your health, I can say firsthand, falling asleep like that is elephanting annoying!