The two most common symptoms of narcolepsy are excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy
You are not alone
with narcolepsy has EDS, the inability to stay awake and alert during the day or a persistent feeling of tiredness
Nearly 2 out of 3
people with narcolepsy may also have cataplexy, the sudden onset of weak or paralyzed muscles, usually brought on by strong emotions or certain situations
people in the United States are living with narcolepsy
Types of narcolepsy
There are two types of narcolepsy: narcolepsy type 1 and narcolepsy type 2.
Narcolepsy with cataplexy is sometimes called narcolepsy type 1
Narcolepsy without cataplexy is sometimes called narcolepsy type 2
People may experience excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy in different ways
What can EDS feel like?
People living with narcolepsy may experience their EDS in different ways, like:
Fighting to stay awake
People may fight to stay awake and alert throughout the day or fall asleep without warning.
Feeling sleepy soon after waking up
Some people may wake up feeling somewhat refreshed but feel sleepy again in a few hours.
Feeling sleepy in less active situations
People may feel especially sleepy in situations that require no active participation, such as watching TV or riding in a car.
Download a questionnaire to assess your EDS so you can talk with your healthcare provider about how your symptoms may be affecting you. Assess your EDS
What can cataplexy feel like?
Cataplexy can cause people with narcolepsy to collapse completely but more often occurs in specific areas of the body, like:
Hand weakness(dropping objects)
People may experience cataplexy in different ways, like:
Muscle weakness or heaviness
"Spells" of muscle weakness
Losing muscle control
Drooping of the head, face, or eyelids
Loss of grip or dropping things
It's not always obvious to people that these experiences of cataplexy are related to narcolepsy.
Download a questionnaire to help you understand if you could be experiencing cataplexy and talk with your healthcare provider about your experiences and how they may be affecting you.Understand your cataplexy
Narcolepsy shouldn’t stop you from living your life