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How does narcolepsy affect the body?

Narcolepsy can make you very tired during the day, and may cause you to fall asleep without warning at any time. You may find it hard to concentrate or remain alert enough to complete your tasks. Cataplexy, or lack of muscle tone, can also strike at any time, though this is often linked to feeling extreme happiness, sadness, or other emotion. Sleep paralysis can cause you to be unable to move or speak for a short time after awakening, which can be scary. Narcolepsy may also diminish your quality of nighttime sleep and your sex drive.

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