Narcolepsy (daytime sleepiness)
This is an uncommon problem, so it's easy for a doctor to miss it.
There are two main symptoms:
You feel sleepy in the daytime, with sudden uncontrollable attacks of sleepiness even when you are with other people.
Cataplexy - you suddenly lose control of your muscles and collapse when you are angry, laughing or excited. This sometimes gets better with age.
You may also find that you can't speak or move when falling asleep or waking up - (sleep paralysis), hear odd sounds or see dream-like images (hallucinations), “run on auto-pilot” - you have done things, but can't remember doing them, as if you had been asleep, wake with hot flushes during the night (163).
Counselling is recommended. Counselling may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.