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
· difficulty in concentrating and memorizing
· vision (focusing) problems
· eating binges
· weak limbs
difficulties in handling alcohol