Narcolepsy is a complicated condition and is often misunderstood—even by many doctors. Primary care physicians generally have limited training in sleep disorders, so their knowledge about narcolepsy is also limited. They are generally not very comfortable diagnosing narcolepsy and often do not use the appropriate tools and tests to make the diagnosis. Therefore, they usually refer patients to a sleep specialist to be screened for narcolepsy.
Many doctors are not aware that narcolepsy affects children.