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Risk Factors for Narcolepsy

A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.

Very little is known about the risk factors for narcolepsy. Narcolepsy seems to run in some families. About 8%-30% of people with narcolepsy have another family member with the condition.

Revision Information

  • Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated January 4, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.

  • Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: Updated April 6, 2016. Accessed May 18, 2016.

  • Chen L, Fong SY, Lam CW, et al. The familial risk and HLA susceptibility among narcolepsy patients in Hong Kong, Chinese. Sleep. 2007;30(7):851-858.