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Narcolepsy is a rare but serious brain disorder that causes a person to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times.
Symptoms of narcolepsy
The symptoms of narcolepsy can vary from person to person. Some people have frequent symptoms, while others are less frequently affected.
Causes of narcolepsy
Many cases of narcolepsy are now known to be caused by an autoimmune response to an antibody called trib 2. However, in some cases, the exact cause remains unclear.
Diagnosing narcolepsy
Visit your GP immediately if you think you may have narcolepsy. Take a sleep diary with you or a completed Epworth sleepiness questionnaire.
Treating narcolepsy
There is no cure for narcolepsy, but you can manage your symptoms to minimise the impact that the condition has on your daily life.
Complications of narcolepsy
If you have narcolepsy, it should not cause you any serious or long-term health problems. However, it may have a significant impact on your daily life.