Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that involves intense daytime drowsiness and nearly uncontrollable bouts of sleep. It can also trigger cataplexy, involuntary episodes of muscle weakness. Because of these symptoms, many people with narcolepsy are concerned that their diagnosis will interfere with their ability to drive.  

Driving laws are determined at the state level. Most states address narcolepsy alongside other diagnoses that could lead to impaired driving, such as epilepsy. Having narcolepsy does not mean that you can’t drive. But you may need to provide additional evidence about your condition when you get a license. The most important thing to remember is that, just like anyone else, you should never drive when you are tired. The monotony of the road could make you more prone to sleepiness. Your doctor may recommend a maintenance of wakefulness test to determine if it is safe for you to drive.  

At Sleep Dynamics in Central New Jersey, we can help you get to the root of your sleep disorder with diagnostic testing, which is the first step in managing your condition. To learn more about narcolepsy and other sleep disorders, please call (848) 217-0240 or contact us here.