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Symptoms of Narcolepsy
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
Symptoms of narcolepsy usually start during the teen or young-adult years. Very few people are younger than age 5 or older than age 50 when symptoms first occur. If you have narcolepsy, symptoms occur even if you have gotten an appropriate amount of sleep. Some people notice that their symptoms grow worse as they age. Some women notice improvement of their symptoms after menopause.
If you have narcolepsy, you may notice any or all of the following symptoms:
Narcolepsy. American Sleep Association website. Available at: https://www.sleepassociation.org/patients-general-public/narcolepsy. Updated September 2007. Accessed May 18, 2016.
Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116132/Narcolepsy. Updated January 4, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.
Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
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Updated April 6, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.
Last reviewed May 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/18/2016
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