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Can you have narcolepsy and insomnia?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on Dec 9, 2021.

Official answer


Yes, you can have narcolepsy and insomnia together. Almost 50% of people with narcolepsy also experience disturbed night-time sleep, fragmented sleep, or difficulty staying asleep at night. Sleep may be disrupted by insomnia, vivid dreaming, sleep apnea, acting out while dreaming, or periodic leg movements.

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