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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Narcolepsy

When it comes to narcolepsy, education and understanding are essential. Below is a series of enlightening facts about narcolepsy, as told by reality television star Katie Morton.

1. Narcolepsy is a serious neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

2. There isn't just one type of narcolepsy.

3. Type 1 narcolepsy is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, which is sudden muscle weakness usually triggered by strong emotions.

4. Quick onset of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep can be telling.

5. Two sleep lab tests are needed to confirm a narcolepsy diagnosis.

6. Symptoms vary from person to person.

7. Awareness and understanding of narcolepsy are low, but resources to learn about the symptoms and diagnosis are available.

8. Stereotypes and misrepresentations of the disorder have led to a general misunderstanding of how narcolepsy truly impacts those living with it.

All imagery courtesy of Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

This post reflects the personal experiences of Katie Morton, and she has been compensated by Jazz Pharmaceuticals for her participation. Other people’s experiences may differ.

Supplementary information in the above post is derived from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Learn more about narcolepsy at MoreThanTired.com, and check out Katie Morton discussing her own experience with narcolepsy below:

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