People with narcolepsy experience excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness, even after adequate nighttime sleep. A narcolepsy sufferer is likely to become drowsy or to fall asleep, often at inappropriate times and places. Additionally, nighttime sleep may be fragmented with frequent awakenings. Other symptoms typically associated with narcolepsy are cataplexy, hypnogogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and automatic behavior.
Narcolepsy usually begins when a person is in their teens or early twenties. There is strong evidence that narcolepsy may run in families. Treatment for narcolepsy may include a combination of medication and behavioral treatments.
For additional information about narcolepsy, see the Whitney Sleep Center Resources page.