People often have at least 1 or more of:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)—almost every day for at least 3 months
- Daytime sleep attacks—can happen many times during the day without control
- Muscles go limp without warning or you can’t move, even though you’re awake—cataplexy
- Brief times when you can’t move while waking up or falling asleep
- Vivid dreams that appear while waking up or falling asleep
- Poor sleep quality
- Problems with the sleep-wake cycle
- Feeling tired
Strong feelings, such as laughter, fear, or stress, often cause cataplexy.
|Brainstem—Area of Brain Related to Alertness|
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