Do you have it?

Are you often very sleepy during the day? Do you sometimes fall asleep by accident? Is your nighttime sleep disrupted or not restful? Do you wake feeling unrefreshed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have narcolepsy, a...

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The role of the school nurse

School nurses are pivotal to a successful school program designed to identify students with uncontrollable sleepiness and ensure they are properly evaluated. School nurses are needed to educate teachers, psychologists, special education personnel...

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About the Foundation

About the Foundation

Narcolepsy Africa Foundation NAF, was initiated when a group of Kenyans Living with Narcolepsy and their loved ones came together for a common cause that is, to create Narcolepsy awareness in Kenya and across Africa.

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Stigma in School

Fighting Narcolepsy Stigma in School Coping with people at school who don’t understand narcolepsy is just one example of the stigma facing students living with the condition. Teachers who know how to respond to EDS and cataplexy can improve...

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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

Some individuals with narcolepsy may experience hallucinations that may occur at the beginning or at the end of a sleep period. These are often vivid and frightening. Examples of hallucinations may include hearing a phone ring or a person walking...

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Disrupted Nighttime Sleep (DNS)

Disrupted Nighttime Sleep (DNS)

Narcolepsy can also disrupt nighttime sleeping patterns. Affected individuals may frequently awaken during the night and may be wide awake for significant periods during the night. Despite disrupted sleep patterns, the total sleep time for people...

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Cataplexy

Cataplexy

Many individuals with narcolepsy experience weakness and the sudden loss of voluntary muscle tone (cataplexy). This often occurs during times of intense emotions such as laughter, anger, elation, and/or surprise. Episodes of cataplexy may occur...

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Excessive daytime sleepiness

Excessive daytime sleepiness

Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is usually the first symptom of narcolepsy. People with narcolepsy typically experience periods of drowsiness, tiredness, lack of energy, an irresistible urge to sleep (“sleep attack”), and/or an inability to...

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