Conditions InDepth: Narcolepsy
Michael Jubinville, MPH
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder. People who have it may fall asleep at any point during the day. This happens quickly and without control. Sleep attacks last 3 to 30 minutes long. They also carry a risk of danger. They can happen at any time such as while driving or standing on a ladder. Narcolepsy can make it harder on your work and social life.
The exact cause is unknown. There may be a combination of problems with:
What are the risk factors for narcolepsy?
What are the symptoms of narcolepsy?
How is narcolepsy diagnosed?
What are the treatments for narcolepsy?
Are there screening tests for narcolepsy?
How can I reduce my risk of narcolepsy?
What questions should I ask my doctor?
What is it like to live with narcolepsy?
Where can I get more information about narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116132/Narcolepsy. Updated November 14, 2017. Accessed August 24, 2018.
Narcolepsy. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/narcolepsy. Accessed August 24, 2018.
Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Narcolepsy-Fact-Sheet. Updated July 6, 2018. Accessed August 24, 2018.
Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 8/24/2018
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