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"Anger, laughter, sexual excitement or just being surprised, can trigger sudden attacks of sleep." Actually, it is cataplectic attacks that are triggered by emotion, not sleep attacks.. and we do NOT fall asleep on the onset of a cataplectic attack. We are wide awake, can see and hear...just, for the most part, cannot move or speak. While it is the chemical that appears in 'normal' brains during REM sleep that causes our paralysis during a cataplectic attack.. we are not asleep (though sleep may follow an attack). Actual sleep attacks can happen anytime of the day or night without any seeming trigger.

April 27, 2010 - 1:09pm


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