|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
I' ve recently "stumbled across" those two very interesting sleeping disorders - narcolepsy and sleep paralysis-the latter being rather a symptom of the first one. It seems that patients suffering from such pathologic conditions present inability to stay awake and, also, inability to distinguish dreams from reality. To what degree do those patients detach from reality? Is it possible that they get so much "consumed" by their dreams that they develop paranoia or criminal tendencies? Can their dreams be so powerful as to send those patients literally to their deaths? Are any reports of narcoleptic patients dying in their sleep because of the severity of their dreams? Are those sleeping disorders degenerating or are they curable and to what extent? What kind of dreams do those patients have - are they based on their everyday experience or are they completely "cut off" from reality?
Re: Can narcolepsy or sleep paralysis be 'lethal'?
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