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Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder. It is a lifelong disease of the central nervous system.
Narcolepsy causes excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness, even after getting plenty of nighttime sleep. If you have narcolepsy, you are likely to become drowsy or to fall asleep at inappropriate times and places. These sleep attacks may occur with or without warning.
You may have repeated attacks in a single day. The drowsiness may last a long time. Nighttime sleep may be split up, and you may wake up often.
The following are the most common symptoms of narcolepsy. However, people may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Other symptoms include:
You may have other difficulties as you cope with this condition including:
In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, lab tests to confirm diagnosis and plan treatment may include:
Specific treatment will be determined by your doctor based on:
The goal of treatment of narcolepsy is to help you remain as alert as possible during the day. It’s also important to reduce times when you lose muscle control. Ideally, this can be done using a minimal amount of medication.
Narcolepsy is a chronic, neurological sleep disorder with no known cause. The main characteristic of narcolepsy is excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness, even after adequate nighttime sleep.
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