Narcolepsy is a disorder of the nervous system. It results in frequent, involuntary, episodes of sleep during the day. Sleep attacks can occur while you drive, talk, or work.
The cause is unknown. It is thought to have a genetic link. There is increasing evidence that it may be an autoimmune disorder. In this type of disorder the body’s own immune system attacks a part of the brain.
Factors that include your chance of narcolepsy include:
Family members with narcolepsy
Symptoms usually start during the teenage years. Onset may range from 5 to 50 years old. Symptoms may worsen with aging. They may improve in women after menopause.
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Daytime involuntary sleep attacks
Sudden loss of muscle tone without loss of consciousness (cataplexy)
Temporary paralysis while awakening
Frightening mental images that appear as one falls asleep
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