Narcolepsy

Synonyms: Irresistible sleepiness

Medical Specialties: Family practice, Internal medicine, Neurology


Clinical Definition

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that interferes with a person’s sleep-wake cycle.


In Our Own Words

People who have the sleep disorder, narcolepsy, often fall asleep uncontrollably, even after having adequate sleep. During the day, you may be excessively sleepy and nearly unable to function. Sleep attacks can occur even when narcoleptics are walking, driving or engaged in physical activity.

Relevant Conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
Side Effects
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone)
  • Disrupted nighttime sleep
  • Hallucinations
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  • Cleveland Clinic. "Narcolepsy." Diseases & Conditions. Oct. 2010. http://my.clevelandclinic.org. Accessed July 2013.
  • Cleveland Clinic. "Narcolepsy." Diseases & Conditions. Oct. 2010. http://my.clevelandclinic.org. Accessed July 2013.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Key Sleep Disorders." May 2012. http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed July 2013.
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