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Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes a child to be extremely sleepy during the daytime or to fall asleep suddenly at unusual times and locations.
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Children who suddenly fall asleep or are unable to stay awake during the daytime have narcolepsy. There is no cure for narcolepsy, but it can be managed.
Symptoms of narcolepsy may include:
Researchers believe narcolepsy is caused by a lack of the sleep hormone hypocretin, which controls the body’s sleep-wake patterns.
Although the exact cause is unknown, there are several recognized triggers, including: