Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined by constant sleepiness and a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. Typically, a person with narcolepsy suffers sleep attacks as well as continual sleepiness and a feeling of tiredness that is not completely relieved by any amount of sleep.

What is Narcolepsy?

Although the exact cause is not known, narcolepsy appears to be a disorder of the part of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness.

What are the symptoms of Narcolepsy?

The four most common symptoms are:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Cataplexy-sudden loss of strength in muscles
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Hypnagogic hallucinations

How is Narcolepsy treated?

Although narcolepsy cannot yet be cured, the symptoms can be controlled or improved so sufferers experience symptoms less frequently. Your treatment plan if you are diagnosed would likely be medication, behavior treatment, and management of your environment.