Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness, even making a person fall asleep involuntarily during daily activities like driving, talking, or eating. Other symptoms of the condition include sleep paralysis, vivid or dream-like hallucinations, and cataplexy, a state of sudden muscle weakness. There is no cure for narcolepsy, but various strategies can make the disorder manageable.
Every person with narcolepsy experiences unique variations of the condition. Some people are triggered by intense emotions such as laughter, anger, and surprise. Determining one's triggers and preparing for or avoiding them can help prevent episodes. For example, they could schedule naps for times they often grow tired or use a standing desk if sitting still tends to prompt sleepiness. They might take medications at certain times or keep a to-do list handy for moments of brain fog.
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