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Symptoms Of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that manifests itself in excessive and uncontrollable sleepiness during the day, to the point of falling asleep suddenly at any moment, during any type of activity.

Type 1 narcolepsy comes with a sudden loss of muscle tension, which causes weakness and makes muscle control impossible (cataplexy). In many cases, narcolepsy is undiagnosed and therefore untreated. In REM sleep we dream and our muscles are paralyzed, which explains some of the symptoms of narcolepsy.

According to Cleveland Clinic, there are certain signs of narcolepsy that we should take note of. Some of them include;

. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)

This is a common symptom among those suffering from this disease. 

. Cataplexy

Cataplexy is this sudden loss of muscle tone while the person is awake. It leads to weakness and loss of voluntary muscle control.

. The hallucinations

Hallucinations are vivid and vivid hallucinations that can happen at any time and are often sharp and frightening. The hallucinations in narcolepsy will usually manifest themselves in vision, but they can also involve other senses.

. Paralysis during sleep

Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak while falling asleep or waking up. This paralysis usually lasts only a few seconds or minutes, with full consciousness. 

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