Narcolepsy Symptoms

Do you have any symptoms of Narcolepsy? Do you even know what they are? Learn more about each symptom of this condition below and what to do if you think you may have Narcolepsy.


Take Action

Symptoms of Narcolepsy

Symptoms of Narcolepsy usually start during the teen or young-adult years. Very few patients are younger than age 5 or older than age 50 when symptoms first occur. If you have narcolepsy, symptoms occur even if you have gotten an appropriate amount of sleep. Some people notice that their symptoms grow worse as they age. Some women notice improvement of their symptoms after Menopause.

If you have narcolepsy, you may notice any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Overwhelming daytime sleepiness
  • Uncontrollable â??sleep attacksâ?-These involuntary episodes tend to last between 3â???30 minutes. They may occur periodically throughout every day, but may also be brought on by certain triggers, such as:
    • Warm environment
    • Heavy meals
    • Boring and/or sedentary occupations
  • Cataplexy-A sudden and complete loss of muscle tone and strength. Cataplexy is often precipitated by:
    • Intense emotion, such as anger or laughter
    • Stress
    • Being tickled
    • Orgasm
    • Eating a heavy meal
  • Sleep paralysis-A complete or partial inability to move or speak just as sleep or a sleep attack is beginning or ending
  • Hallucinations-Visual images that you see vividly, though they don't really exist. They can be very disturbing. These hallucinations may occur as sleep begins or as it ends and you are waking.
  • Memory problems
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent nighttime awakening


Learn what Narcolepsy is
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
Narcolepsy Causes
What causes Narcolepsy? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Narcolepsy Risk Factors
Risk Factors
Are you at risk of getting Narcolepsy? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
Narcolepsy Diagnosis
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
Narcolepsy Symptoms
What are the Narcolepsy symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Narcolepsy Complications
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.

Take Action

Screening for Narcolepsy
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Narcolepsy.
Narcolepsy Medications
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
Narcolepsy Prevention
How can you prevent Narcolepsy? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Narcolepsy Treatment
Can this condition be treated? What Narcolepsy treatment options are available?
Narcolepsy Care
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
Narcolepsy Doctors
Find a Doctor
Do you need to contact a doctor about Narcolepsy? Select a location to find a specialist in your area.

Featured Articles

A Good Nights Sleep Boosts Brain Power as We Age
By sforsyth

A University of Oregon-led study published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that middle-aged or older people who get six to nine hours of sleep a night think Read more →
10 Tips for Better Sleep
By janefarrell2

One of the best things you can do for yourself, especially as you get older, is to get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep can make you depressed and cause you to be less alert and energetic. Some Read more →
Sleeping in Sync When the Wife is Happy
By sforsyth

A study done at the University of Pittsburgh suggests that couples are more likely to sleep in sync when the wife is more satisfied with their marriage. Results show that overall synchrony in Read more →

Latest Articles

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO