Narcolepsy

what it is and how it affects people

What is Narcolepsy

  • Chronic brain disorder
  • no control over sleep-wake cycles
  • randomly fall asleep at anytime
  • anyone/anything can have Narcolepsy
  • 1 in every 3,000 people are affected by this in America
  • Animals can also have Narcolepsy


Symptoms of Narcolepsy

  • EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Cataplexy *occurs in about 70% of people with Narcolepsy*
  • Sleep paralysis
  • hallucinations
  • disrupted nocturnal sleep
  • obesity


Treatments for Narcolepsy

  • Can't be cured yet
  • Medicine and lifestyle changes
  • Medications-peels


Facts about Narcolepsy

  • Low levels of the neurotransmitter hypocretin which causes wakefulness
  • Genetic defect (rare)


Rusty the Narcoleptic dog