Created By: Josh Schmitt


Definition - A chronic brain disorder characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep

People may fall asleep unwillingly at work or at school


"Sleep attacks" only last a couple of minutes

Cause by low levels of  hypocretin, which promotes wakefulness

Most cases has no ties to family histories

May have to keep a sleep journal to diagnose (If symptoms aren't apparent)

Experience more vivid dreams


Catalepsy - loss of muscle control

Day & Night sleeping problems

Hallucinations before sleep attacks (less common)


Narcoleptic people are tired because of lack of sleep

Medication can completely cure it

Narcoleptic people sleep more than others

Not many facilities dedicated to narcolepsy