People may fight to stay awake and alert throughout the day or fall asleep without warning.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Cataplexy
Living With Narcolepsy
The two most common symptoms of narcolepsy are excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexyYou are not alone
with narcolepsy has EDS, the inability to stay awake and alert during the day or a persistent feeling of tiredness
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 narcolepsyThere are two types of narcolepsy: narcolepsy type 1 and narcolepsy type 2.
Narcolepsy with cataplexy is sometimes called narcolepsy
Narcolepsy without cataplexy is sometimes called narcolepsy
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
- 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.
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:
People may experience cataplexy in different ways, like:
- Muscle weakness or heaviness
- Going slack-jawed
- "Spells" of muscle weakness
- Losing muscle control
- Slurred speech
- Drooping of the head, face, or eyelids
- Loss of grip or dropping things