Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of narcolepsy. However, individuals may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

·                     excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) - an overwhelming desire to sleep at inappropriate times.

·                     cataplexy - a sudden loss of muscle control ranging from slight weakness to total collapse.

·                     sleep paralysis - being unable to talk or move for about one minute when falling asleep or waking up.

·                     hypnagogic hallucinations - vivid and often scary dreams and sounds reported when falling asleep.

Secondary or auxiliary symptoms include:

·                     automatic behavior - performing routine tasks without conscious awareness of doing so, and often without memory of it.

·                     disrupted nighttime sleep, including multiple arousals

·                     Other difficulties that may be caused by primary symptoms may include side effects of medication, or result from one's continuing struggle to cope, including:

·                     feelings of intense fatigue and continual lack of energy

·                     depression

·                     difficulty in concentrating and memorizing

·                     vision (focusing) problems

·                     eating binges

·                     weak limbs

           difficulties in handling alcohol

 
 
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