Sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis occurs in about 60 percent of narcolepsy patient. It usually occurs when the patient is falling asleep or waking up. The person is conscious but move or speak, Episodes can last a few seconds or several minutes. They can cause...

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Automatic behavior

Automatic behavior involves patients seeming to “falling asleep” while they are awake. They may perform routine tasks and not remember them afterward. They may also jump from topic to topic while speaking, or suddenly stop talking in...

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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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Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder characterized by chronic, excessive attacks of drowsiness during the day, sometimes called excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).Attacks of drowsiness may persist for only a few seconds or several...

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