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What symptoms typically go along with narcolepsy?

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Dr. R Sangal
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: Excessive sleepiness

The main symptom of narcolepsy is excessive sleepiness.
Other symptoms may include sleep paralysis (waking up from sleep paralyzed, unable to move), hypnagogic hallucinations (vivid dreams while falling asleep but not yet asleep or while waking up but no longer asleep), and cataplexy (loss of muscle strength on both sides of the body for a few seconds or minutes during emotions such as laughter).

In brief: Excessive sleepiness

The main symptom of narcolepsy is excessive sleepiness.
Other symptoms may include sleep paralysis (waking up from sleep paralyzed, unable to move), hypnagogic hallucinations (vivid dreams while falling asleep but not yet asleep or while waking up but no longer asleep), and cataplexy (loss of muscle strength on both sides of the body for a few seconds or minutes during emotions such as laughter).
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics

In brief: Several

This is more than just feeling tired after a poor night's sleep. It is falling asleep while doing an activity you are interested in. Also, vivid, sometimes scary, dreams can be present. Sleep paralysis is common when waking. Cataplexy, or brief spells of loss of muscle tone, can occur as well. Narcolpsy affects about 1 in 2000 people.

In brief: Several

This is more than just feeling tired after a poor night's sleep. It is falling asleep while doing an activity you are interested in. Also, vivid, sometimes scary, dreams can be present. Sleep paralysis is common when waking. Cataplexy, or brief spells of loss of muscle tone, can occur as well. Narcolpsy affects about 1 in 2000 people.
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