Recognizing narcolepsy is very difficult. It is a very rare condition.
A narcolepsy sufferer can be diagnosed with this condition, only after suffering the symptoms for 10 to 15 years.
Basically narcolepsy is a neurological disorder. Sleep signals are sent to your body at an unpredictable and inappropriate time.
This situation happens during the times when you have involved in quite activities, such as attending a meeting or watching a movie.
The follow are some signs of narcolepsy. It is best to consult a sleep doctor immediately, if you experience any one of these signs.
Falling asleep during daytime within a moment!
Feeling sleepy throughout the day is the most common symptom of narcolepsy. But, most of the people mistake narcolepsy as “falling asleep randomly”. If this statement characterizes you, then it is better for you to consult a sleep doctor.
Dreaming during early sleep cycle!
For a normal person, dreams don’t occur until 60-90 minutes after falling asleep. If you start dreaming within 10 to 20 minutes as soon as you fall asleep, then you may have the condition of narcolepsy. Dreaming during early sleep cycle is one of the most revealing symptoms of narcolepsy.
Having an excessive amount of black coffee!
If you drink large amounts of coffee, extremely strong coffee, or if you feel that you are really in need of such a large amount, then this condition may be a sign of narcolepsy.
You may not recognize that drinking caffeine in large amounts is a symptom of narcolepsy.
Have you ever woken up by feeling paralyzed?
Sleep paralysis is another most important sign of narcolepsy. About 90 minutes after you entered into a deep sleep cycle, you will enter into REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
In general, a person will dream during this sleep phase, in order to prevent you from performing your dreams, you find yourself incapable to move during this time.
Narcolepsy patients have abnormal sleep cycles, so they enter into REM sleep as soon as they sleep and wake up from REM very often. This makes you to wake up with a feeling of being paralyzed.
Though, people who don’t have any sleep disorders, there may be chance to suffer from this type of symptoms from time-to-time.
Have your knees ever bent after you feel exceptionally strong emotions, like surprise or laughter?
Cataplexy is one of the features of narcolepsy. During this phase, you will suffer from temporary muscle weakness. Frequently this occurs in bending your knees. People with cataplexy will fall on the ground within a fraction of second.
Usually these type situations happen when the person experiences intense emotions, hearing hilarious joke, or being very much surprised.
Falling asleep while doing some ridiculous activities!
Sometimes people who have narcolepsy can fall asleep while they are doing some ridiculous activities like brushing the teeth, or unable to open their eyes while they are getting ready. These are the signs of narcolepsy.