Narcolepsy symptoms can be very dangerous. Falling asleep or losing muscle control during normal daytime activities poses a serious safety risk. Some of the most dangerous scenarios are driving a car, operating machinery, and cooking. It takes only a few seconds of intense sleepiness or loss of muscle control at the wheel for an accident to occur. Research suggests that people with narcolepsy are more likely to fall asleep while driving and more likely to be involved in a car accident.
The safety risks of narcolepsy make it important to seek help, consider treatment options, and manage alertness and productivity through behavioral and lifestyle changes. Self-awareness and education is key in managing narcolepsy and maintaining a productive and safe daily life.