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The following are the most common symptoms of narcolepsy. However, individuals may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms may include:

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) - an overwhelming desire to sleep at inappropriate times.
  • Cataplexy - a sudden loss of muscle control ranging from slight weakness to total collapse.
  • Sleep Paralysis - being unable to talk or move for about one minute when falling asleep or waking up.
  • Hypnagogic Hallucinations - vivid and often scary dreams and sounds reported when falling asleep.

Secondary or auxiliary symptoms include:

  • Automatic Behavior - performing routine tasks without conscious awareness of doing so, and often without memory of it.
  • Disrupted Nighttime Sleep, including multiple arousals
    Other difficulties that may be caused by primary symptoms may include side effects of medication, or result from one's continuing struggle to cope, including:
    • feelings of intense fatigue and continual lack of energy
    • depression
    • difficulty in concentrating and memorizing
    • vision (focusing) problems
    • eating binges
    • weak limbs
    • difficulties in handling alcohol

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