Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive drowsiness during the day. Narcolepsy makes it difficult for people to stay awake for extended periods of time. They suddenly fall asleep. This can cause serious issues in their daily lives.
Cataplexy occurs when narcolepsy causes a sudden loss of muscle tone (KAT-uh-plek-see). Strong emotions, especially laughter, can set this off. There are two types of narcolepsy. Cataplexy is common in people with type 1 narcolepsy. The majority of people who do not experience cataplexy have type 2 narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a chronic condition with no known cure. Medicines and lifestyle changes, on the other hand, can help manage the symptoms. Others’ support, such as family, friends, employers, and teachers, can help people cope with the disorder.