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Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined by constant sleepiness and a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. A person with narcolepsy suffers sleep attacks, as well as continual sleepiness and a feeling of tiredness that's not completely relieved by any amount of sleep.

Although the exact cause is not known, narcolepsy appears to be a disorder of the part of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness. The good news is that most people with narcolepsy can lead nearly normal lives with the proper treatment.

The four most common symptoms:

  1. Excessive daytime sleepiness diagnosed by a napping study
  2. Cataplexy (sudden loss of strength in the muscles)
  3. Sleep paralysis (also a brief loss of muscle control)
  4. Hypnagogic hallucinations (hallucinations that occur just before falling asleep, during naps and/or waking up).

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