Narcolepsy is considered to be a rare sleep disorder. Narcolepsy can have a harmful and even devastating impact on those inflicted by it. Narcolepsy has no known cures; however, proper treatment can help sufferers lead normal lives.
Narcolepsy can appear suddenly or slowly. And Narcolepsy is most often characterized by the following symptoms:
- The most common indication is excessive daytime sleepiness, an incessant feeling of exhaustion that can cause people to fall asleep suddenly.
- Cataplexy , another condition associated with narcolepsy, is characterized by a rapid loss of muscle control, often leading to sudden collapse.
- Another symptom of narcolepsy is sleep paralysis, a condition defined by an inability to move or speak despite complete consciousness.
- A third symptom of narcolepsy involves hypnagogic hallucinations, strange dreamlike episodes that are characterized by a lack of physical control and a nightmarish sensation that a prowler or strange animal is present.
- These "waking dreams" are especially disturbing because they are often mistaken for mental illness.
If you feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of narcolepsy, you should seek treatment at an accredited sleep disorder clinic or see your physician.