Narcolepsy is a rare neurological condition that causes a person to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times. It is a physical, life-long condition that affects the brain's ability to regulate the normal sleeping and waking cycle, which may result in symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness. which can mean someone falls asleep suddenly and without warning at inappropriate times of the day; cataplexy, a temporary involuntary loss of muscle control; hallucinations and sleep paralysis. Narcolepsy does not cause serious or long-term physical health problems.

Each person with narcolepsy will have a different experience of narcolepsy depending on the symptoms they exhibit and their severity. 

The content on this page is provided solely for information purposes. If you think that you. or someone you care for, has narcolepsy, please seek further information.

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