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What is the difference between narcolepsy and insomnia?

While both narcolepsy and insomnia are sleep disorders that cause daytime tiredness, narcolepsy occurs when someone cannot control when they fall asleep and insomnia occurs when someone has trouble falling (and staying) asleep. People with narcolepsy fall into the deepest sleep cycle almost immediately, called REM sleep, while people with insomnia struggle to fall asleep and will feel like they didn’t get enough sleep upon waking up.

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