What is narcolepsy?
narcolepsy is a serious and debilitating neurological condition characterized by:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Cataplexy (sudden reduction or loss of muscle tone while someone’s awake)
- Vivid hallucinations at the onset of sleep
- Sleep paralysis
- Disrupted nighttime sleep
How many people are living with narcolepsy?
Narcolepsy affects an estimated 185,000 individuals in the U.S.
- Narcolepsy has been shown to occur in people of any race, and shows up most commonly in people aged 15‑30
Cataplexy is seen in an estimated 70% of people living with narcolepsy, and is typically triggered by strong emotions like fear, anger, stress, or excitement.
Treatment options for narcolepsy are limited
- Most of the currently-approved therapies for the treatment of narcolepsy are DEA scheduled, controlled substances
- These treatment options:
- Do not address all of the symptoms of narcolepsy
- Differ in their effectiveness
- Have significant side effects
- Narcolepsy interferes with your thinking, emotional and social functioning, increases the risk of work- and driving-related accidents, and is linked to a 1.5x higher mortality rate
- Up to 57% of those living with narcolepsy also report having depression