Narcolepsy UK


Narcolepsy is a rare neurological condition that affects the brain's ability to regulate the normal sleep-wake cycle. This can lead to symptoms such as disturbed night-time sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy. Consequently, narcolepsy is often thought of as a sleep disorder, but its underlying cause means that it is better classified as a disorder of the central nervous system.

Narcolepsy is estimated to affect about 1 person in 2,500. That means that in the UK there are approximately 30,000 people who have narcolepsy, though it is believed that the majority have not been diagnosed.

Narcolepsy can have an effect on almost all aspects of daily life, including education, employment, driving and also relationships and emotional health. Although there is at present no cure for narcolepsy, effective medication and other strategies can help to manage the symptoms and enable people with narcolepsy to lead as full a life as possible.

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Postal address, PO BOX 701, Huntingdom, Cambridgeshire, PE29 9LR (directions displayed on map)
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This page was last updated on 04 June 2020

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