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Inability to Stay Awake (1B)

The inability to stay awake is a neurological dysfunction characterized by the physical inability to resist falling asleep.
The inability to stay awake is the key characteristic of a condition known as narcolepsy. Students who cannot stay awake may also experience sudden loss of voluntary muscle tone, paralysis just prior to or just after an episode of sleep, and hallucinations during or just after an episode of sleep. These symptoms increase students' risk of injury and impact their ability to pay attention in class. Some drug treatments can reduce the symptoms of narcolepsy, but there is no cure and students need to manage their school schedule and habits to minimize symptoms.

Formal Diagnostics

A physician's diagnosis of narcolepsy would be necessary documentation.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have difficulty staying awake in class?
  • Does the time of day impact your ability to stay awake?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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