A member asked:

Is narcolepsy a type of insomnia?

8 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. David Brodner answered

Specializes in 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 5/20/2013


Dr. Mark Patterson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: People with narcolepsy do have disrupted sleep, but it is not the same as insomnia. With insomnia, people have a hard time transitioning from wake to sleep, resulting in tossing and turning, frustration, etc. However, once asleep they usually sleep well. With narcolepsy, the transition to sleep occurs quickly and at inappropriate times (during the day, with activities). Other symptoms also occur.

Answered 1/13/2016


Dr. Vikas Jain answered

Specializes in Sleep Medicine

No: Narcolepsy is generally classified as hypersomnia of central origin.

Answered 12/1/2014



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