Cataplexy: Its Many “Faces”

“People began to tell me my face would drop.”

Hear about ways that cataplexy can affect patients. Effects range from a slight change in the expression on a person's face to total body collapse.

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  • Cataplexy

    Cataplexy

    Its Many “Faces”

    Cataplexy: Its Many “Faces”

    “People began to tell me my face would drop.”

    Hear about ways that cataplexy can affect patients. Effects range from a slight change in the expression on a person's face to total body collapse.

  • Hypnagogic Hallucinations

    Hypnagogic Hallucinations

    When Dream-Like Experiences Occur at Sleep and Wake Transitions

    Hypnagogic Hallucinations: When Dream-Like Experiences Occur at Sleep and Wake Transitions

    “It just materializes; it seems very real.”

    Hear patients describe dream-like experiences that can be so frightening that they are afraid to sleep.

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

    Feeling Tired All the Time

    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: “Feeling Tired All the Time”

    “It was extremely difficult to wake up, and throughout the day, it was difficult to stay awake.”

    See the different ways that excessive daytime sleepiness can affect each patient and the impact it can have on patients’ lives.

  • Sleep Paralysis

    Sleep Paralysis

    Feeling Trapped Inside Your Own Body

    Sleep Paralysis: Feeling Trapped Inside Your Own Body

    “My feet would be nailed to the floor. I couldn’t move my arms. I couldn’t speak.”

    Listen to patients describe the fear and helplessness of being unable to move or speak.

  • Sleep Disruption

    Sleep Disruption

    When Every Night Is a Bad Night’s Sleep

    Sleep Disruption: When Every Night Is a Bad Night’s Sleep

    “Wake up, fall asleep, wake up, fall asleep, then I’d wake up feeling like I got hit by a truck.”

    Hear patients talk about drifting in and out of sleep all night and waking up exhausted.

  • Impact on Daily Lives

    Impact on Daily Lives

    Impact on Daily Lives

    “I’m at my desk, and I would get so sleepy I couldn’t sit there and concentrate.”

    Hear how narcolepsy can affect patients’ lives.

  • The Difficult Journey to Diagnosis

    The Difficult Journey to Diagnosis

    The Difficult Journey to Diagnosis

    “We went to doctors for a long time, and they kept telling me that nothing was wrong with me.”

    Listen to patients describe their journeys through many doctors and many diagnoses.

  • Destination Diagnosis

    Destination Diagnosis

    The Relief of Finally Knowing

    Destination Diagnosis: The Relief of Finally Knowing

    “It was like I was affirmed. Ok, there’s a name for it, and somebody recognizes what it is.”

    See the feelings of relief that come when patients receive an accurate diagnosis of narcolepsy.

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