Excessive daytime sleepiness.
People with narcolepsy fall asleep without warning, anywhere, anytime.
For example, you may be working or talking with friends and suddenly you nod off, sleeping for a few minutes up to a half-hour.
When you awaken, you feel refreshed, but eventually you get sleepy again.12 Jan 2019
Why do I fall asleep without knowing?
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness. People with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and intermittent, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep during the daytime. These sudden sleep attacks may occur during any type of activity at any time of the day.22 May 2019
What are the early signs of narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy – Symptoms
- Excessive daytime sleepiness. The primary symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Hallucinations. Some patients with narcolepsy have vivid hallucinations at sleep onset.
- Sleep paralysis.
- Disturbed nighttime sleep.
- Memory problems.
- Sudden loss in muscle tone (cataplexy)
What does a sleep attack feel like?
Aside from sleep attacks, other symptoms of narcolepsy include excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle control), hallucinations and sleep paralysis.14 Mar 2018
Can you wake up a narcoleptic?
Individuals with narcolepsy may experience vivid dream-like experiences while falling asleep or upon waking up. Hallucinations when falling asleep are known as hypnagogic; when waking up, hypnopompic. People with narcolepsy often transition directly from wake into REM sleep, which may underlie this experience.