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The following are some little known facts about narcolepsy:
- Narcolepsy is often gone undiagnosed for up to 10 years since a person's first symptoms.
- Approximately 50 percent of adults with narcolepsy report narcolepsy symptoms beginning in their teenage years. For most patients, narcolepsy begins between the ages of 15 and 30 years. About 6 percent of sufferers are children less than 10 years old.
- Narcolepsy may lead to impairment of social and academic performance in otherwise intellectually normal children.
- Narcolepsy is a treatable condition. Experts say a a combination of treatments that includes medications, a regular nighttime sleep schedule, and scheduled naps during the day is most effective.