You may have heard of narcolepsy—a sleep disorder that involves sudden “sleep attacks.” Cataplexy is one of the symptoms of narcolepsy. It doesn’t affect everyone with this sleep disorder, but when it does occur, it can be frightening and highly disruptive. 

Watch this video to hear Julie’s story. She’s a narcolepsy awareness advocate with personal experience with cataplexy. She explains that cataplexy involves the sudden, uncontrollable loss of muscle function. It’s triggered by emotions, like anger or laughter. At first, Julie’s knees would give out when she laughed. Gradually, her symptoms progressed until she became completely paralyzed during an episode. 

Sleep Dynamics provides compassionate care for individuals with narcolepsy in New Jersey. You can call us at (848) 217-0240 to schedule a consult.