Narcolepsy Symptoms


A multiple sleep latency test or MSLT is the only sure-fire way to diagnose narcolepsy. You can read more about the process in my article about the narcolepsy test.

I personally treat narcolepsy through a combination of regimented sleep schedules, diet, light therapy, and stress management. I stopped using medication altogether about 3 years ago. I found that stimulants had an incredibly strong effect on me.

Below I’m going to outline the most common symptoms associated with narcolepsy and an overview of treatment options.

Narcolepsy Symptoms

Narcolepsy Symptoms


Narcolepsy is a disorder involving the following symptoms.

Narcolepsy Brain Fog
EDS and Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy Fragments your sleep
Cataplexy is a symptom associated with
Hypnagogic Hallucinations
Sleep Paralysis

Recapping the symptoms

Brain fog, EDS, fragmented sleep, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis are all the most common symptoms associated with this disease.

Brain Fog

Narcolepsy brain fog is not technically an official medical term, but it is a term that encompasses confusion, lack of focus, and lacking mental clarity.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

EDS is categorized by extreme lethargy during the day period just normal tiredness. It’s almost always associated with some type of sleeping disorder.

Fragmented Sleep

Fragmented sleep is a symptom where you are unable to consistently go through the standard sleep cycle at night. You also will be woken up during the night while trying to sleep.


Cataplexy is a symptom associated with strong emotion causing your body to lock up sometimes resulting in physical collapse while remaining conscious throughout the experience.

Hypnagogic Hallucinations

These kinds of hallucinations sensory events (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.) that occur during the transition period between sleeping and the wakeful state.

Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is when a human is unable to move during a period of consciousness after sleeping.

Treating Narcolepsy Symptoms


1. Medication – The most common form of treatment, from a western medicine standpoint, would be medication.

2. Regimented sleep schedule – I found this form of treatment to be incredibly powerful. I highly recommend getting this habit built into your life if you have narcolepsy.

3. Diet – I have found that there are three main diets that work quite well with narcolepsy. They would be the ketogenic diet, the slow carb diet, and the whole foods diet. 

4. Alternative Treatment Options – This includes supplements, cryotherapy, stress management, etc. 

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Alternative Treatments for Narcolepsy

How I personally treat Narcolepsy Symptoms


I personally treat my narcolepsy symptoms through three major ways. They would be diet, regimenting my sleep schedule, and positive stimuli. By positive stimuli, I mean exercise and light therapy. Essentially any type of treatment that sends signals to my brain that “you must be awake right now!”. Want to learn more? Check out my article on how to treat narcolepsy

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