Narcolepsy Symptoms

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 06/25/2010

Most common narcolepsy symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness and abnormal REM sleep.

Symptoms of Narcolepsy

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness - Strong emotions, such as laughter, anger, or fear can bring on sleepiness.
  • Mental fog - Memory problems or problems concentrating, Lack of energy or excessive exhaustion and depression.
  • Muscle weakness while awake (cataplexy) - It may make the head nod or make it hard to speak. Muscle weakness also may cause knee’s weakness or make to drop holding things.
  • Hallucinations when sleeping - vivid dreams while falling asleep, wake up, or dozing. They feel their dreams as real with feeling of seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting things.
  •  - prevents moment or speech while falling asleep or wake up, which lasts just a fewSleep paralysis when sleeping seconds or minutes usually it is very scary. Full consciousness (aware) is absorbed during this time.
  • Many with narcolepsy have sleep episodes in the daytime, in which they fall asleep suddenly while reading, talking, watching TV or sitting ideal (particularly when inactive).

Narcoleptics may have one or more of these symptoms. They can range from mild to severe. Rarely, people who fall asleep in the middle of an activity may continue that activity for a few seconds or minutes called automatic behavior (but do not perform them well).

Narcolepsies in children’s often have difficulties in study, concentration, and remember things. In addition, they may seem hyperactive that is they speed up their activities rather than slow them down.