What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a long-term brain disorder which makes a person unable to regulate a sleep-wake cycles. In a simple terms, a person would fall asleep suddenly at unsuitable times. Due to this, the brain would become unable to access the sleeping and waking up patterns of a person.

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by the followings,

  1. Extreme daytime sleepiness
  2. Sleep attacks
  3. Sleep paralysis
  4. Hallucinations and
  5. Cataplexy

Narcolepsy is a rare sleeping disorder. It occurs to people about 1 in 2,000 to 3,000. No gender difference is seen for the causes of narcolepsy, it affects both men and women on equal terms. However, the narcolepsy symptoms are mostly develops in childhood or to the teens. The diagnosis of narcolepsy might take years or sometimes decades once the symptoms of narcolepsy is developed on a person.

Genetic issues might causes narcolepsy. Family members of the patients are at a higher risk of developing a this sleeping disorder, narcolepsy. Nevertheless, developing narcolepsy is a complex process of genes and is a provocative action; Therefore, many family members of a person affected with narcolepsy may not expose to it.