The text book descriptions of Cataplexy don't accurately describe the experience. When I read the definitions, it did not sound anything like what I experience- but sure enough- I actually have Cataplexy.
Most of my full collapses have been sports related, so I have had to give up some of the things that I have enjoyed for safety reasons. When I skied, when I felt thrilled by the speed and turns, I would crash. It would take me about a minute or so before I could move after falling like a ragdoll. Then I was just fine.
I don't skate anymore (in-line or ice) because as soon as I have too much fun, I go down. I broke my arm after my knees buckled- that was the last time on skates.
But after each episode of paralysis, my body turns back on and I am just fine. It really is brief and it really is transient. Its like I have an on/off switch that can be flipped and I cannot stop it. My body can just turn off and I am aware of it from the inside.
After exercise, my legs do get wobbly. And if I have a sudden burst, like when chasing after a dog, I do have sudden weakness. But, for example, after a regular run, my legs will wobble after I finish - rarely during the run- and then it passes. I did a triathlon and didn't wobble until after the finish line.
So, the fact that he had 3 horrible days after an active Halloween night just does not seem to fit with Cataplexy.
And you say that laying down will help it stop. Well, when it happens to me- I just go down. I do not have the opportunity to find a comfortable place. The last time it happened I was walking and I was glad to stagger from the pavement to the grass before collapsing. I generally drop to my knees and then fall over onto my right side.
Maybe others will have more to offer- but something just doesn't seem to line up in the description.