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What increases my risk for narcolepsy?

Because the exact cause of narcolepsy is unknown, the factors that increase your risk are unclear. Narcolepsy may have a genetic component, so having people in your family suffer from it may raise your risk. Exposure to certain substances may play a part, although this has not been proven.

Often mistaken for depression, epilepsy or the side effects of medications, narcolepsy can occur in men or women at any age although its symptoms are typically first noticed in adolescence and young adulthood. There is some evidence that narcolepsy may run in families. Up to 10% of people with narcolepsy report having a close relative with the same symptoms.

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