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People with narcolepsy involuntarily fall asleep at sporadic times throughout the day. For example, someone with narcolepsy may involuntarily fall asleep while:
  • At work or at school
  • Having a conversation
  • Eating a meal
  • Driving a car.
Narcolepsy is often mistaken for depression, epilepsy, or the side effects of medications.
In most cases, narcolepsy treatment will involve taking certain medications and making lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages before bedtime.
(For more information on this chronic sleep disorder, including what causes it and how many people are affected by it, click Narcolepsy.)
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