Narcolepsy is an uncommon disorder of presumed autoimmune origin characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis. Some patients may experience sleep attacks or sudden episodes of overwhelming sleepiness. Narcolepsy imparts a significant burden because excessive sleepiness is associated with lapses into inadequate sleep, fatigue, neurocognitive impairment, mood changes, poor attention, and slowed reaction times. These symptoms can detract from a patient's safety, performance at school or at work, relationships, mental health, and quality of life.
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Cite this: Heidi Moawad. Fast Five Quiz: Presentation and Diagnosis of Narcolepsy - Medscape - Feb 06, 2023.