What is Narcolepsy?

Many people can go their whole lives without knowing that they may be narcoleptic–some people even have the misfortune of getting misdiagnosed. So to prevent that, get ready for a brief overview of what exactly narcolepsy is and the accompanying signs.

N A R C O L E P S Y

W H A T : a chronic, lifelong disorder of the nervous system, specifically the brain; an inability to resist the urge to sleep


W H O : affects 1 out of every 2,000 Americans; animals not exempt…

Narcoleptic Dog


W H E N : onset tends to occur between the ages of 10-20 (not exclusive to this age range)


HOW : not genetically inherited but a genetic mutation explains part of the occurrence


WHERE : at any point throughout the day…uncontrollable


S Y M P T O M S :

  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • sleep paralysis
  • hypnagogic hallucinations
  • cataplexy
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