Symptoms of narcolepsy usually start during the teen or young-adult years. Very few people are younger than age 5 or older than age 50 when symptoms first occur. If you have narcolepsy, symptoms occur even if you have gotten an appropriate amount of sleep. Some people notice that their symptoms grow worse as they age. Some women notice improvement of their symptoms after menopause.
If you have narcolepsy, you may notice any or all of the following symptoms:
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Last reviewed May 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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