Specialist expertise: Sleep Disorders, Epilepsy, Neurology, Headache.
Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that causes excessive drowsiness throughout the day and sleep attacks that cause those affected to fall asleep suddenly and without warning. The condition is rare, affecting approximately 30,000 people in the UK. It can often cause distress, severely disrupt your daily life, affect your ability to work and drive, and strain your relationships.
The condition is divided into two types; type 1 and type 2.
Most people with type 1 narcolepsy will also have cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone) while most people with type 2 narcolepsy will not. Cataplexy causes a temporary loss of muscle control which can cause weakness in the facial muscles resulting in problems from slurred speech, through to weakness in the knees and total collapse. Cataplexy is often triggered by strong emotions, such as laughter and anger.