What are clinical features of sleep paralysis in narcolepsy?

Updated: Sep 04, 2019
  • Author: Sagarika Nallu, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Features of sleep paralysis are as follows:

  • Usually, the patient is unable to move upon awakening

  • Less commonly, the patient is unable to move upon falling asleep with consciousness intact

  • Paralysis is often accompanied by hallucinations

  • Respiratory and extraocular muscles are spared

  • Paralysis occurs less frequently when the person sleeps in an uncomfortable position

  • Paralysis can be relieved by sensory stimuli (eg, touching or speaking to the person)


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