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5 Facts you should know about

Narcolepsy

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1

The most typical symptoms are

excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hallucinations.

2

About 70% of those affected

also experience episodes of sudden loss of muscle strength, known as cataplexy.

3

There is increasing evidence that

narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder.

4

Type 1 and Type 2 narcolepsy

Type 1 narcolepsy is defined as narcolepsy with cataplexy; Type 2 is narcolepsy without cataplexy.

5

The loss of hypocretin-producing neurons

in the hypothalamus is the primary cause of type 1 narcolepsy.

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