What is narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is a rare brain condition that affects the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles. It causes the person affected to fall asleep suddenly.
What causes narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy is often caused by a lack of the brain chemical which regulates wakefulness. This, however, does not explain all cases of the condition.
Narcolepsy is thought to affect about 30,000 people in the UK.
There is currently no cure, but medication and improving your sleeping routine can help.
What are the symptoms of narcolepsy?
Symptoms of narcolepsy may include:
- excessive sleepiness during the day
- sleep attacks
- temporary loss of muscle control
- sleep paralysis