I am a teenager (I don't drink or do drugs) and I have recently been experiencing symptoms that sound kind of like Narcolepsy, but I am not sure if it is just from a lack of sleep (usually get around 5-6 hours of sleep) or something more serious. I think I might have a really mild form/the beginning stages of Narcolepsy but I thought I would ask somebody that is diagnosed to see if they, at some point, experienced similar symptoms.
For the past 4 years or so, I often times take a nap for about an hour when I come home from school because I feel tired, and I feel so refreshed after the nap (and I'm not depressed or really stressed out or anything like that). In the past year and a half or so, I have had about two incidences in which my eyes get heavy and I physically begin to close my eyes and fall asleep in classes (not because I'm bored, but because I'm uncontrollably tired-- I want myself to stay awake, but I just dose back off). Also in the car to and from school (not as the driver thankfully), I often doze off and fall asleep. Again, I don't know if these symptoms are from a lack of sleep or from something else.
Also, my family tells me that I do strange things while I'm "awake" before I go to bed (i.e. bring a stool upstairs for no reason, try to brush my teeth with a hairbrush) and then the next morning when they tell me about it, I have no recollection of doing those things. Now, in the past year, I have sometimes woken up in the middle of the night temporarily unable to move or talk and feeling dizzy. In the most recent incident last night, my calf muscle began to hurt, the room was spinning, and I couldn't talk or move.
Another problem that I have had for many years is a sort of paranoia while falling asleep. I mean I don't feel like somebody is out to get me or anything, but I guess you could just call it an "over-awareness of my surroundings". I freak out about every abnormal sound or shadow that I hear (I never have this problem during any other part of my day) and sometimes have difficulty going to sleep. I also used to wake up in the middle of the night randomly (without the whole dizziness and inability to move), but I don't do that as often anymore.
I don't experience symptoms often and I'm wondering what's wrong with me?