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Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is characterized by the classic tetrad of excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis.
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Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder. Affected individuals are extremely drowsy during the daytime and may fall into a deep sleep at any time. After a short nap, the patient may feel refreshed, but it is only a short period of time before drowsiness returns.
(Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)
NINDS Narcolepsy Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)
Narcolepsy is a
disabling neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the
control of sleep and wakefulness. It may be described as an intrusion of
the dreaming state of sleep (called REM or rapid eye movement sleep) into
the waking state.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Narcolepsy Information Page: NINDS)
Narcolepsy: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder with no known cause. The main
characteristic of narcolepsy is excessive and overwhelming daytime
sleepiness, even after adequate nighttime sleep. A person with narcolepsy
is likely to become drowsy or to fall asleep, often at inappropriate times
and places. Daytime sleep attacks may occur with or without warning and
may be irresistible. These attacks can occur repeatedly in a single day.
Drowsiness may persist for prolonged periods of time. In addition,
nighttime sleep may be fragmented with frequent wakenings. (Source: excerpt from Narcolepsy: NWHIC)
Definitions of Narcolepsy:
A condition characterized by recurrent episodes of daytime somnolence and lapses in consciousness (microsomnias) that may be associated with automatic behaviors and AMNESIA. CATAPLEXY; SLEEP PARALYSIS, and hypnagogic HALLUCINATIONS frequently accompany narcolepsy. The pathophysiology of this disorder includes sleep-onset rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which normally follows stage III or IV sleep. (From Neurology 1998 Feb;50(2 Suppl 1):S2-S7)
- (Source - Diseases Database)
A sleep disorder characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep; "he believes that narcolepsy is attributable to an inability to suppress REM sleep during waking"
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
Narcolepsy is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Narcolepsy, or a subtype of Narcolepsy,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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