Narcolepsy (nahr-kuh-lep-see) is a fairly common sleep disorder involving abnormal sleep and wake cycles. It is lifelong and can affect all aspects of your child’s life. 

The first symptoms usually appear between ages 10 and 20, or early adulthood, and may include:     

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Ongoing struggles to stay awake
  • Falling asleep at unusual times and locations − sometimes unexpectedly and suddenly