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is narcolepsy a type of insomnia?

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Dr. David Brodner
24 years experience Sleep Medicine
No, it is different: Insomnia is: 1) difficulty falling asleep; 2) difficulty staying asleep; 3) a combination of both. Narcolepsy is a physical disorder associated with a chemical imbalance in the brain that creates: 1) excessive sleepiness; 2) loss of muscle tone when emotional (aka cataplexy); 3) sleep paralysis and/or hallucinations. Treatment can be medicine.
Answered on May 20, 2013
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