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    What is Narcolepsy?

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  • The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterised by a constant feeling of sleepiness throughout the day even if there has been enough sleep. Often there are additional symptoms of vivid dreams around waking or drifting off to sleep, waking feeling paralysed and feeling weak when tired or with strong positive emotions such as when laughing with friends. It is not clear what triggers narcolepsy to develop, but it most commonly comes on in late teens or early 20s following an acute illness such as infection. Once it has developed, narcolepsy symptoms persist throughout life. Symptoms are managed with a combination of medications and building naps in to the day. For more information on narcolepsy click here.
     

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