Quick Facts about Narcolepsy

  • Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep.
  • People with narcolepsy often find it difficult to stay awake for long periods of time, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Narcolepsy can cause serious disruptions in your daily routine.
  • Sometimes, narcolepsy can be accompanied by a sudden loss of muscle tone (cataplexy) that leads to weakness and loss of muscle control. Cataplexy is often triggered by a strong emotion, most commonly laughter.
  • Narcolepsy is a chronic condition for which there's no cure. However, medications and lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms.
  • Support from others — family, friends, employer, teachers — can help you cope with narcolepsy.

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