Narcolepsy can be defined as episodes of excessive drowsiness during the day with a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. The sleep episodes of narcolepsy are sometimes brought on by stressful situations.
Although narcolepsy is a fairly uncommon condition, its impact on a person’s life can be serious. If recognized and appropriately managed however, most people with this disorder can lead nearly normal lives.
Symptoms of Narcolepsy
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Cataplexy - Sudden, brief losses of muscle control
Sleep Paralysis - Sleep Paralysis is a brief loss of muscle control that occurs when a person is falling asleep or waking up.
Hypnagogic Hallucinations - Hallucinations which occur at the boundary between sleeping and waking
Treatment Options for Narcolepsy
Although there is no known cure for narcolepsy, its symptoms can usually be controlled or improved so that sufferers experience symptoms less frequently and lead fairly normal lives. The array of symptoms are different in each person. The patient and sleep specialist must work together to plan a course of treatment.