Well said Hank.
The first few years, beginning at 28, that I had any awareness of what was causing me to collapse, which had been occurring since around 20; I believed that perhaps I had Cataplexy with Narcolepsy and that there just was not much likelyhood of Narcolepsy being the case, since I'd not fallen asleep uncontrolled much. Yet, the more I read about it and especially of other people's experiences and stories of living with it, it became quite clear I had Narcolepsy with Cataplexy.
As a kid, I could not lift my arms while being tickled, and I knew it was a strange thing but it only happened when I was being tickled in the belly while laughter was intense. Rolling around and laughing out loud occurred, no problem, but my arms would just not lift.
It was around 30, when while reflecting, in hindsight with the grasp and understanding I was beginning to gather regarding the condition/disorder/disease, that it hit me and I realized Cataplexy had been there for so so long.
Also, around age 30 at a different point, in a similar respect, while reflecting upon the past. Thinking on the tiredness, the brain fog or cloudiness, how often I slept, the awkward moments of interacting and/or engaging with others (as I've always had a hard time socializing for many reasons, a main one being how exhausting it can be and especially while with more than one other person), I realized how obvious it was and how broad the effects were of having, and having had for so long, Narcolepsy...
All of that is to somewhat say the same as Hank. It definitely can and does progress (not necessarily for everyone and perhaps only at certain points in time, or for certain lengths of time? -no 2, are the same-), although it is also an odd and hard thing to note (and/or understand, at first, if I didn't experience it myself, I can not begin to imagine attempting to actually at all understand it) but you are on the right path and in the right place, for beginning that process.
For me, with the understanding of the condition/disorder/disease, with time and much observation upon my self along with awareness or recognition, it has become much easier to juggle but remains a continual thing to juggle.
I do also hope that you do not have it. I also second Hank (again) in saying 'it is what it is.'