Most of the time, there is no warning for my sleep attacks. I only know after I wake up. There are times when I do start to get a little sleepy like when you have to sit in the doctor's ofice waiting for an appointment. I'll just get up and walk around. Sometimes when shopping, I'll have an attack just long enough for me to kind of jerk & wake up before I start to fall. Micro sleep for me really blows me away because I can have complete dreams (meaning the time span for whatever I dream covers hours of whatever they are about) in just seconds. And then there are the dreams that I have that are the most fun because I am actually dreaming coinciding with a program on TV and sort of applying my own take on what is happening and adjusting the characters. I tend to become verbally active, loudly, and it wakes up my husband. He then tries to wake me up and I get mad because I am having such a good time. These kind of dreams generally begin by having cataplexy so bad (most of the time from laughing) that I fall into a dream state but still aware of what is happening on the TV. Crazy, huh? Wonder if anyone else ever does that? When my children were small and they were watching TV, I would take a nap with them and I could hear eveything they said even though I was asleep. I've had all sorts of weird experiences connected to Narcolepsy/Cataplexy in my life from 13yrs to 72yrs. Getting past the Cataplexy attacks where I would stop breathing was the most important. Knowing that I would always manage to catch my breath and believing it made the difference. N/C is not fatal. You just have to make the best of it and not allow it to hold you back from anything you want to do! Yes, it will scare off people who get spooked easily but actually that's a good thing.
Lots for me to relate to in yr post here, validation for the dream state while audible sounds unaffected. I have sleep attacks where my friends become muppety creatures, like Will he is often a red felt capital T with black colored mop hair flopping as he speaks with the thin arms on wires gesturing, quite amusing but I understand dialogues during this sleep attacks.
Been quizzed enough on what I hear to know is real. Actually, this is how I passed high school & college, unable to take notes 90% of time, or do my homework, try as I might. Anyone else?
But had no idea at the time why and wish I could tell my teachers it was N not them. They certainly asked me, most of them, multiple times per semester, since 5th grade.
Which brings me to the ADHD-I issue, which I wld like to comment on but the sleepy is sinking me, quicksand style.