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What Is Narcolepsy?

Wednesday, 08 Jun 2011 04:24 PM

Narcoleptics have trouble with their sleeping habits. People with narcolepsy sleep disorder suddenly fall asleep while they are watching television or reading, and in some cases even while eating or talking.

The main signs of narcolepsy are extreme daytime sleepiness, cataplexy while awake, and hallucinations during sleep. Often, narcoleptic cataplexy causes a sudden loss of strength in muscles, especially when the person affected is wide awake. It resembles fainting or seizure and it causes the patient to drop whatever they are holding. This may last for a few seconds or minutes followed by strong emotions.

Narcolepsy symptoms are difficult to identify and it can affect both women and men. Narcolepsy sleep disorder signs generally show up first in your teens. The disorder is rare in children five or below. People who have narcolepsy sleep disorder usually find it difficult to work at school, work, or home mainly due to their extreme tiredness and sleepiness.

Narcolepsy is usually mistaken to be a fainting or a seizure disorder, or sometimes classified as lethargy or learning problems for school age children. It is even harder to diagnose the condition when the narcolepsy cataplexy symptoms are mild.

For more information on narcolepsy, see below:

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