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:
- Allied Health therapies
- Support at home
- Getting out into your community
- Finding the right equipment and aids
- Exploring housing and employment options.