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People with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and abnormal REM sleep. However, the following narcolepsy symptoms vary from case to case.
Sleep paralysis: occurs in about 25 percent of individuals with narcolepsy. The typical episode is described as feeling paralyzed for a few seconds at sleep onset or upon awakening from sleep. There is no loss of consciousness.
Hypnagogic hallucinations: vivid hallucinations that typically occur at sleep onset, and they occur in about 30 percent of narcoleptic individuals. These experiences usually last for a few minutes and may be associated with sleep paralysis.
Automatic behavior - familiar, routine or boring tasks performed without full awareness or later memory of them.
- Double vision
- Balance disturbances
- Personality changes
- Getting involved in frequent rear-end automobile accidents