Understanding narcolepsy 

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. At various times throughout the day people with narcolepsy experience fleeting urges to sleep. If the urge becomes overwhelming, patients fall asleep for periods lasting from a few seconds to several minutes. In rare cases, some people may remain asleep for an hour or longer.  

Facts about narcolepsy 

  • It affects about one person in 2000. Both men and women get narcolepsy. It can occur at any age but is usually first noted between the ages of 10 and 30.  

  • Experts have also begun to recognise that narcolepsy sometimes contributes to certain childhood behavioral problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and must be addressed before the behavioral problem can be resolved.  

  • If narcolepsy is left undiagnosed and untreated, it can pose problems for children and adolescents, interfering with their psychological, social, and cognitive development and undermining their ability to succeed at school.  

What are the symptoms of narcolepsy?

In addition to daytime drowsiness, three other major symptoms frequently characterize narcolepsy: 

  • brief episodes of total paralysis at the beginning or end of sleep 

  • cataplexy, or the sudden loss of voluntary muscle tone 

  • vivid hallucinations during sleep onset or upon awakening 

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with narcolepsy, visit our services page, call us on 1800 961 870 or send an online enquiry

References:

https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/narcolepsy.html