What are the 5 major symptoms of narcolepsy?2,4
You don't need to experience all of them to have narcolepsy.2
An uncontrollable urge to sleep, often at inappropriate times1,2Excessive Daytime
Weakening of muscles (knee buckle, jaw sag, eye droop, etc) with strong emotions like laughter2,4,5Cataplexy ▶
Poor-quality sleep at night (you fall asleep easily but have trouble staying asleep)2,5Sleep Disruption ▶
Feeling unable to move or speak when falling asleep or waking up2,5Sleep Paralysis ▶
Vivid (often frightening) dreamlike experiences when falling asleep or waking up 2,5Hypnagogic
Being informed can help you talk with a sleep specialist.
Narcolepsy is often misunderstood, with about 50% of those affected being undiagnosed.5 It is a real condition involving nerve cells and chemicals in the brain.6 If any of the symptoms above sound familiar to you, take the Narcolepsy Symptom Screener on this site to assess if you may have narcolepsy and to help you prepare for a talk with a sleep specialist. And when you speak with a sleep specialist, ask about diagnostic sleep tests that help identify narcolepsy.
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