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  1. Falling asleep without much warning can be dangerous and embarrassing

    Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and can result in frequent daytime attacks of sudden sleep. The cause of narcolepsy is still unknown, although it tends to run in families and likely has a genetic association. Narcoleptics have an altered order and length of sleep cycles which results in less deep and restorative sleep at night, requiring the individual to obtain extra sleep during the day.

    Other Symptoms
    Other symptoms of narcolepsy may include sleep paralysis and cataplexy. Sleep paralysis is characterized by the sufferer not being able to move their body as they start falling asleep or after first waking. This paralysis make last for up to 15 minutes. Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle control triggered by strong emotions, such as laughter, anger, or fear that causes the body to suddenly go limp. These attacks can be as short as 30 seconds, or can last several minutes, during which the person will be unable to move. Hallucinations are also possible in narcoleptics.

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