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What are the signs of narcolepsy?

I'm doing this thing for a class in high school. I have searched all over the web but haven't found the right answers. My topic is being a parent of a child that is diagnosed with Narcolepsy (daytime "sleep attacks"). As a parent I would like to know, according to my paper, what kind of lifestyle my child will have with this disorder? How long will my child live? Could they have children of their own? Will their child(children) be affected with this disorder? And if I were to have another child will they be affected by the same disorder?
Tue, 4 Oct 2016
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Narcolepsy is characterized by four main sings: 1excessive daytime sleepiness(thatcan be in the form of sleep attacks as you mentioned), 2brief and sudden loss of muscle tone (cataplexy) that may be partial or generalized which causes sudden falls,3hallucinations by the time the person is falling to sleep 4sleep paralysis wich means loss of ability to move upon awakening with intact cousciousness.
Children rarely manifest all 4 symptoms. Some features of narcolepsy in children are restlessness and motor overactivity, inattentiveness, and emotional lability, academic deterioration, cataplexy.
This condition doesn't relate to longevity (except for the cases when sleep attacks or losing muscle tonus happen during some activities that may danger life or wellbeing). They can have children of their own. The frequency among first-degree relatives is 1-2% (10-40 times greater than that in the general population).
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